Wisdom teeth refer to the third set of molars. They are the last teeth to come in, typically emerging when an individual is in their late teens or early twenties. The majority of patients undergo a wisdom tooth extraction because the teeth are impacted or have grown in incorrectly. It is a standard procedure, and wisdom teeth removal aftercare is a straight-forward process. If you follow my directions, your mouth will feel back to normal in no time.
First Things First
Depending on your particular situation, I may perform a wisdom tooth extraction on just one tooth, several teeth, or all of your wisdom teeth. In any scenario, the aftercare remains the same.
Immediately after the surgery, you may experience some light bleeding, swelling, and possible bruising. I want you to know that even though it might feel slightly uncomfortable, it is all perfectly normal.
Apply ice packs to your cheeks over the following couple of days after the operation to reduce swelling and improve bruising. The bleeding will subside on its own. I’ll place some gauze over the extraction site that you should keep in place for half an hour or so. As part of your teeth removal recovery, I may prescribe you painkillers and antibiotics. It is crucial that you take the medication as prescribed and do not skip any dosages.
If you follow my recovery plan, you can expect to be good as new quickly.
Cleaning and Maintenance of the Extraction Site
Routine cleaning of your mouth after extraction keeps infection at bay. Don’t do anything that may compromise the healing process, such as smoking or eating on hard lollies.
You should be getting a lot of rest with your head propped up. Healing takes time and energy for your body to do it well. So no strenuous exercising or going to the gym for a few days.
After at least twelve hours, start the rinsing cleanse part of recovery. Each day, five to six times a day, gently rinse your mouth with water mixed with a little salt. It is especially important to do this after eating.
Eating After A Wisdom Tooth Extraction
The fun part about wisdom teeth removal aftercare is the food because you can enjoy as much ice cream as you want! Stick to soft foods and clear liquids in the days following your procedure. My favorites include, poached eggs, mashed avocado, porridge, yoghurt, hummus, and smoothies. Avoid spicy foods which can irritate the sensitive tissue. Also, avoid crunchy or crumbly foods like chips and biscuits, which can get stuck in the extraction site. Seeds, popcorn, and nuts are off-limits as well. And no chewy or gummy sweets.
Drinking After A Wisdom Tooth Extraction
The number one rule for drinking following your extraction is – no straws! Do not use a straw for at least one week following your surgery. The sucking action can significantly impede the healing process by causing a ‘dry socket’ to develop.
A dry socket occurs when the blood clot that is developing over the extraction site, protecting it, is dislodged. When that happens, all the delicate nerve ends and bone are exposed to air, fluids, and food, which can be quite painful. It will eventually reform and start to heal, but that could add up to a week to your overall recovery time.
I also suggest abstaining from caffeinated drinks like coffee and tea, soft drinks, and alcohol to keep your recovery time as short as possible. It is essential to drink a lot of water in the days after surgery.
Teeth Removal Complications
I have performed the wisdom tooth extraction procedure many times throughout my career. I make it a priority to ensure your safety and comfort during the procedure so you should not feel the need to worry about any teeth removal complications.
However, each case is unique. Things to watch out for include:
- Excessive bleeding or bleeding that does not stop
- Swelling does not improve after several days
- Bad breath
- Throbbing pain after more than several days
If any of the above symptoms occur, please contact us as a matter of urgency. While it is unlikely that you should have any severe complications, my team and I are here to make your recovery as smooth as possible.
I know having your wisdom teeth extracted can seem like a daunting experience. But take comfort in the fact that many people undergo the procedure every day with no ill effect. The steps to proper wisdom tooth extraction aftercare I outlined above will aid you in your healing process. Then you can get back to your regular life, better than ever.
To book your wisdom tooth extraction, or if you have any dental health concerns, call Tooth Crusader on (02) 8203 8750. Your oral health and overall well-being is my top priority