Wisdom Teeth Removal Recovery
By Frank Avason, DMD on May 17, 2018
Wisdom teeth removal is commonly performed to prevent orthodontic and oral health issues that can occur if the wisdom teeth are allowed to grow in. The wisdom teeth typically emerge during the teenage years; in most cases it is best to remove the wisdom teeth before they erupt.
At Avason Family Dentistry, Dr. Frank Avason III performs wisdom teeth removal, and provides patients with post-operative instructions following treatment. In this blog post, we discuss wisdom tooth removal recovery so our Denver, NC patients know what to expect during the healing period.
Use a Gauze Pad
After your wisdom teeth have been removed, we will have you bite down on a gauze pad for one hour in our office to stop any bleeding. If you experience any additional bleeding after this point, you can continue to use a fresh piece of gauze every hour or so, and bite down gently to apply pressure. Bleeding should stop after a day.
Dealing with Pain
Patients can expect to feel some discomfort in the days following wisdom teeth removal. We recommend the use of an over-the-counter pain reliever to reduce any discomfort. In addition, following our dietary guidelines can prevent pain.
Dealing with Swelling
Swelling is the body’s response to any type of wound. This is a sign of healing. However, there are ways to reduce inflammation. You will have much less swelling of the cheeks if you use an ice pack for the first 48 hours after wisdom teeth removal.
Apply the ice pack to the cheek for 20 minutes, and then leave it off for 20 minutes. Repeat this process as much as you can for the first two days to significantly minimize swelling.
We provide patients with diet guidelines after wisdom teeth removal to reduce discomfort and improve healing. First, eat soft foods, and avoid hot foods and beverages. This will prevent pain while eating and drinking.
Second, avoid eating anything with small seeds or particles that could get caught in the healing socket or incision. If something gets stuck under the gums, it can cause an infection and bad breath.
Finally, do not use a straw for a week after wisdom teeth removal. The suction that occurs when drinking out of a straw can dislodge the clot over the healing socket, prolonging the recovery period.
It is important to keep the teeth and soft tissues of the mouth clean after wisdom teeth removal. However, you must be extremely gentle when brushing and flossing around the treatment site. Brush twice a day, floss once a day, and use mouthwash daily. You may also rinse the mouth throughout the day with a saltwater mixture.
Patients should avoid exercise and strenuous activity for three to four days after wisdom teeth removal. Engaging in heavy activity immediately after wisdom teeth removal can worsen discomfort and swelling.
To learn more about wisdom teeth removal recovery, and to find out if the procedure is right for you, contact Avason Family Dentistry today.
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