Dos And Don’ts For A Smooth Wisdom Teeth Removal Recovery

At first, the pain from wisdom teeth may seem like a harmless joke, implying newfound wisdom. However, tooth extraction can be a stressful experience. Fortunately, the recovery process doesn’t have to be.

Rest assured, if you’re seeking clarity on the dos and don’ts for a smooth wisdom teeth removal recovery, we’re here to provide comprehensive answers.

Understanding the After-Surgery Experience

It is important to familiarize yourself with the symptoms you may experience before undergoing any surgery. This awareness of post-op symptoms can greatly alleviate anxiety.

Pain and swelling may occur around the eyes and cheeks within a day, peaking in 72 hours. You can minimize discomfort by applying an ice pack to your jaw for about 20 minutes, then switching to a heat pack after 48 hours.

Expect bleeding for a few hours after the procedure; change cotton gauze every 30-60 minutes and bite down firmly to control bleeding.

Now, let’s discuss the dos and don’ts you should keep in mind after having your wisdom teeth removed. We will also address some faqs, such as “Can I go to work the next day after wisdom tooth extraction?”, “When can I lift weights after wisdom teeth removal?” and “How many days should you rest after wisdom teeth removal?” We will provide answers to all your queries.

What to Do After Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Here are some very simple tips to follow for a smooth wisdom teeth removal recovery:

  • Rest and relax for a few days, but you don’t have to stay in bed.
  • For the first 24-48 hours, use ice packs for 15 minutes to minimize the swelling.
  • Bite on cotton gauze to prevent bleeding.
  • Wash your mouth with a salt-water solution once a day.
  • Stick to liquid and soft food items such as soups, yogurt, milkshakes, and smoothies.
  • Take your prescribed medications as directed, and do not skip any of the doses.
  • Keep your head in an elevated position to reduce swelling.
  • Avoid chewing on the side of the extraction to allow the wound to heal undisturbed.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking enough fluids, particularly water, but do not use a straw.
  • You can gently start brushing your teeth from the second day after surgery, but avoid the area where the wisdom teeth were extracted.
  • Contact your dentist if you experience bleeding after 24 hours, severe discomfort, or fever.

What Not to Do After Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Here’s what you should avoid after wisdom teeth removal:

  • Don’t eat, drink, or talk right after your wisdom teeth removal.
  • Don’t take aspirin, as it’s a blood thinner and can delay clot formation.
  • Avoid solid foods, such as popcorn, caramel toffees, and other hard or crunchy foods for at least a week.
  • Avoid hot or carbonated drinks, spicy foods, and sodas. You can start eating solid foods after 4-5 hours of your extraction or as directed by your dentist.
  • Refrain from poking the extraction site with your tongue, finger, tissue, or toothpick, as it can delay healing, provoke bleeding, and lead to dry sockets.
  • Avoid using straws, spitting, smoking, or drinking alcohol to keep the blood clot that forms over the extraction site. If this clot is dislodged, it can cause bleeding and pain, leading to a painful condition known as dry sockets.
  • Don’t rinse your mouth too hard; the pressure can dislodge the blood clot and cause issues.

Let’s address common FAQs about post-op care after wisdom teeth removal.

After wisdom tooth extraction, taking a day or two off from work and avoiding heavy lifting for approximately a week is advisable. Resting for a few days is crucial to facilitating the healing process.

Following the specific instructions provided by your dentist or oral surgeon will greatly contribute to a successful recovery.

Final Thoughts

We wish you luck by sharing all the tips and tricks to navigate your wisdom teeth removal recovery. Be wise and take good care of your oral health. For more information, contact the dental team of Celine Dental at (281) 262-2332.

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