Tips for a Smooth Recovery after Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom teeth removal is a relatively common procedure for most oral surgeons. For the patient, however, the removal process can often leave them in discomfort for a time afterwards. If you’re about to have wisdom teeth removed in the near future, here are a few tips to help you make a smooth recovery.

Once the teeth are removed, the oral surgeon will place some gauze padding over the affected area, to soak up any blood. Periodically, you should bite gently on the gauze and change the gauze at regular intervals, once they have become saturated. The bleeding should stop within 24 hours, but if it hasn’t consult with your doctor again.

While your mouth is numb, take care to avoid biting your tongue, or the inside of the cheeks and lips. Using an icepack can help to reduce swelling and ease discomfort. Use painkillers if required. Your oral surgeon may provide pain medication, and also antibiotics to help prevent infection. [pullquote]By following these tips, and the advice of your oral surgeon, you’ll soon be back on your feet following treatment.[/pullquote]

Get some rest! Relax after surgery as excessive physical exercise after the surgery could promote and increase bleeding. While resting, try to avoid lying flat as this might prolong bleeding. Instead, prop up your head with pillows or cushions.

Avoid eating hard or solid foods, as this might aggravate and compromise the healing process. Instead, stick to soft food like soups or mashed potato. As the healing process advances, slowly begin to add more solid foods to your diet.

Don’t suck on a straw either, as this could cause any blot clotting to become loose, which can also delay healing. Similarly, if you smoke tobacco, try to avoid smoking for at least 24 hours, as the sucking action involved in smoking and inhalation can also loosen any clots. Smoking also decreases the flow of blood to the affected area, which again can slow down healing, as well as potentially introducing harmful contaminants into the wound.

And as difficult as might seem, try to avoid pushing your tongue or fingers into the affected area. While it is often a natural reflex to do so, and probe the area with our tongue or fingers, there is an increased risk of dislodging any clotting of blood. It’s also vital you continue your dental hygiene program, to ensure your mouth is kept clean and free from bacteria which could potentially cause infection, or other issues.

The healing time for wisdom tooth extraction varies between patients, but most patients only feel discomfort following the extraction for a couple of days. By following these tips, and the advice of your oral surgeon, you’ll soon be back on your feet following treatment.

For additional tips, contact the office of Dr. Judd E. Partridge to schedule your professional consultation today.