Some people wait until they’re experiencing excruciating pain before they get anything done about their wisdom teeth, out of fear of pain. The more you prolong your wisdom teeth removal, the worse your pain and inflammation can get. With great oral surgeons, like the ones we have at Parkcrest Dental Group, you can rest easy knowing that your procedure will be handled by the best. However, after you leave our offices, the way you take care of yourself through recovery can play an equal role in your recovery as the quality of service that you get.
Planning for Your Wisdom Teeth Removal
Make sure to plan so you’ll have the time and accommodations that you need for the best recovery. Also, make sure to schedule your wisdom teeth removal for a time when you’ll have a few days off work or school to recover. Arrange for a family member or friend to take you home after your appointment and possibly even stay the remainder of the day with you.
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How to Deal with Bleeding
Wisdom teeth removal sites will continue to bleed or ooze for up to 24-48 hours. Your oral surgeon will give you gauze to bite down on – replace that gauze as needed. Bleeding should decrease over time.If it doesn’t, try repositioning your gauze packs (they might be clenched between your teeth and not applying pressure to your gums as intended). If bleeding persists, avoid physical activity and try to remain upright or in a recliner. You may also try biting down on a moist tea bag for 30 minutes, as the tannic acid promotes blood clotting. If the bleeding persists, call Parkcrest Dental Group to get further instructions.
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Solutions for Swelling
After wisdom teeth removal, swelling is common and natural. It won’t peak until 2-3 days after your procedure. You can combat it with intermittent ice packs (or frozen peas) on your cheek, adjacent to the site of your wisdom teeth removal. For the first 24 hours, ice packs should be applied for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off. If your tooth was infected prior to removal, your oral surgeon may suggest moist heat instead of ice.
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Although your discomfort may make you want to avoid any oral hygiene activities, it’s as important as ever to keep a clean mouth in order to fight infection in your wisdom teeth removal sites. Brush your teeth gently and avoid the surgical area. If there is minimal bleeding, saltwater rinses may begin 24 hours after your surgery, continuing 2-3 times a day, especially after eating. Swish gently and let the water run out of your mouth and into the sink – vigorous suction or spitting can disturb the blood clots that are forming. Make sure to open your mouth quite a bit. The soreness may make you hesitant to move your mouth much but lack of movement can increase stiffness in your jaws.
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Wisdom Teeth Removal Recovery Diet
Start out with only clear liquids and soft foods. Do not drink through a straw. Avoid extremely hot foods, carbonated beverages, and anything small – nuts, rice, popcorn, etc.– that could get lodged into socket areas. Over the next few days, you may progress to more solid foods. Do not skip meals. Nourishment will help you gain strength and recover more quickly.
Parkcrest Dental Group will make sure that you have the proper pain relief and instructions to get on track to a solid recovery. Your oral surgeon will speak with you about pain medicine. Avoid any vigorous activity for a few days and avoid smoking, as it will slow healing and increase the risk of dry socket.
At Parkcrest Dental Group, we take great pride in providing you with the highest standard of dental care. If you’re looking for general dentistry, wisdom teeth removal, cosmetic dentistry procedures or an orthodontist in Springfield, MO, we would love to help you achieve your healthiest and happiest smile.