Are you or a loved one preparing to bid farewell to wisdom teeth? Although it’s very common and routine, extraction is still a serious procedure. In this post, we’ll let you know what you need to do after the removal.
Manage Pain, Swelling, & Bleeding
Pain, swelling, and bleeding are common effects that’ll come in the wake of wisdom teeth removal, and all are completely normal. An ice pack can be used to reduce the swelling, and gauze should be kept in place for the first half-hour following surgery. Painkillers will be prescribed as needed, and should be taken according to your prescriber’s instructions.
Eating & Drinking
You’ll want to stay hydrated after surgery, and you shouldn’t go hungry despite the healing process taking place in your mouth. However, there are some rules you’ll need to follow to ensure a smooth recovery. Stick to soft foods, avoid alcohol and caffeine, and don’t smoke. When you drink, don’t use a straw. The suction caused by the use of a straw can disrupt clotting and cause a dry socket–a painful complication. Avoid straws for at least four days after the procedure.
Rest & Relax
You just endured a taxing procedure, it’s time to rest up. Have a friend or family member drive you to and from your appointment, and head home after the procedure to relax. Depending on the nature of recovery, people often take a few days off from work, or schedule the procedure on a Friday to build that recovery time into their schedule. To ensure a healthy healing, be sure to avoid substantial exercise in the days following the extraction.
Although your dentist will thoroughly prepare you for what to expect before, during, and after the procedure, we hope this post has served as a helpful primer–you can never be too prepared! Got more questions? Give us a call or send us an email at Edgewater Dental Arts.