After Wisdom Tooth Removal
Having your wisdom teeth removed can be a stressful time, but enjoying life without pain will be a welcome respite! Before you can get to that point, however, you have to be cautious and take good care of your extraction sites while they heal. There are certain things that you should definitely do as well as some things that you should avoid at all costs in order to ensure that you promote healing and wellness rather than injure yourself. If you are here after having your wisdom teeth removed, or are trying to prepare yourself about how to behave before you undergo the procedure, this is the right page for you. Let’s look at some of the aftercare instructions for wisdom teeth removal.
Advice for AftercareThe first 24 hours after your surgery is the most important time when it comes to building a good foundation of healing rather than actively setting your progress back. With that in mind, it is important to carefully follow these instructions (as well as any that we give you, of course).
Right after surgery, it is very common to have some bleeding. If they have not already been placed there by us, take gauze packs and place them over the affected areas. Gently bite down, but ensure that you are biting firmly enough to place some pressure upon the wounds. The idea here is to apply continuous and steady pressure in order to stop the bleeding and get it under control. Continue your bite for 45 minutes to an hour, and then reassess the situation. You can carefully remove the gauze packs after an hour and apply fresh pads as needed.
Even after the bleeding is under control, you must be very careful with your wounds. It is important that a blood clot form over the top of the area in order to promote healing, and if you disturb the area or the clot, you could be setting your progress behind. Do not do much to disturb the area whatsoever the day of the surgery. Brush your other teeth gently and carefully rinse, but do not swish water around in your mouth or spit it out vigorously as this can disturb the forming blood clot.
Rest the first 24 hours after surgery. Do not attempt strenuous exercise, or anything like lifting or bending. This can increase swelling and bleeding. Take it easy the first few days after surgery, in fact. Give yourself time to heal.
Make sure you take your pain medication as prescribed and try to stay ahead of the pain curve. Avoid hot foods or liquids as these can dissolve blood clots. Stick to food that is soft and easy to eat.
Finally, avoid using a straw or smoking as creating a suction of any kind with your mouth while the surgical site is healing is thought to contribute to dry socket. Maintain a good level of oral hygiene as this will help the area heal faster.
If you’re looking for more in depth instructions regarding your wisdom teeth removal aftercare once you leave our office, don’t hesitate to call us at Centennial Hills: (702) 660-5574, Summerlin: (702) 660-5576! We’re happy to help.