After any type of surgery, you need to time heal and recover. Wisdom teeth removal recovery is no exception. The oral surgeons at Summit Facial take your comfort seriously and strive to get you back on your feet as quickly as possible. Yet without the proper care and rest, you not only prolong the healing process but risk further complications. To ensure a speedy recovery, consult this wisdom teeth removal aftercare guide.
Immediate Post-Surgery Care
Once you’re out of surgery, you need to keep the wound covered with gauze for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues after you’ve removed the gauze, replace it with a fresh piece and leave in for another 30 minutes or until bleeding subsides. Avoid rinsing, spitting or swishing, which can aggravate the wound or rip out the sutures. If you were prescribed any pain medication, take as directed and get plenty of rest. Limit your activity until you feel recovered.
Food and Drink Restrictions
To avoid complications such as dry socket or infection, stay clear of solid food until the wound sufficiently heals. As you recover, you can slowly reintroduce solid foods to your diet. If you experience additional discomfort when eating, allow the wound more time to heal. It is also important to refrain from using straws. Sucking actions can reopen the wound, risking potential infection. In the days immediately following wisdom tooth removal, stick with soft or liquid foods (purees, smoothies, jellies) and drink directly out of a glass.
Treatment for Pain, Swelling and Bleeding
You can expect to feel mild to moderate pain or discomfort in the days following surgery. For most patients, over-the-counter Extra Strength Tylenol or Advil is effective enough to alleviate pain. To reduce swelling, make sure to ice the affected area frequently for the first 48 hours. Apply and remove ice in 20-minute increments. Finally, it’s common for the wound to bleed for a day or two until it fully clots. If moderate bleeding persists, rinse the mouth to remove existing clots, then firmly apply gauze for thirty minutes. To encourage clotting, chew on a tea bag to release tannic acid, a natural coagulant.
It’s important to maintain good oral hygiene practices when recovering from wisdom teeth removal. You can resume brushing the same day as surgery, but mindful of your sutures. Avoid swishing and spitting when rinsing. The day after surgery, you should gently rinse your mouth five to six times per day with warm salt water to help keep the wound clean.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Recovery Instructions
Here is some more information to bear in mind after surgery:
- If your surgeon prescribed antibiotics, be sure to take as directed to prevent infection. Stop taking if any unexpected reactions or rashes occur and consult your doctor.
- If you experience nausea or vomiting in the immediate aftermath of surgery, do not attempt to eat solid food or take additional medication. Instead, slowly sip a carbonated beverage such as ginger ale or cola until nausea subsides. If vomiting persists, speak with your doctor.
- As anesthesia wears off after the procedure, numbness and tingling are common on the first day and no reason to worry. However, if numbness persists, contact your oral surgeon.
- During surgery, your lips can chap or crack. Use Vaseline or similar product to alleviate discomfort and restore moisture.
- When resting, keep your head elevated to reduce swelling.
- Stiffness and muscle pains are common in the days following surgery.
Your oral health is too important to place by the wayside. As always, consult your doctor before pursuing any treatments. For more information about wisdom removal, wisdom teeth removal aftercare or to schedule an exam, request an appointment at Summit Facial today.
Frequently Asked Questions About Wisdom Teeth Removal Recovery
If you’ve never had an extraction before, the prospect of having your wisdom teeth removed can be scary. Knowing what to expect and what to do during wisdom teeth removal recovery can help to demystify the process. Unfortunately, the information you receive from well-meaning family and friends can be contradictory or confusing. What follows is a reference guide to address some of the primary concerns that often arise after surgery. However, your main source for information about the recovery process should be your oral surgeon.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Recovery: How Long Does Recovery Take?
This can vary by patient and by what was involved in the procedure to remove the tooth. For example, if the wisdom teeth had already erupted or were close to the surface, the recovery time may be shorter. However, if they were impacted beneath the gum line, it may take longer for you to recover from surgery.
How well you follow your surgeon’s instructions for wisdom teeth removal aftercare can also influence the length of your recovery. Infections and other complications can prolong recovery, but the risk of developing them is reduced by sticking to your post-surgical protocol.
On average, the recovery process can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. The procedure may be marked by side effects of swelling, bruising, and soreness, and recovery can be divided into stages based on when these are most likely to subside:
- Swelling: Within two to three days
- Bruising: Around two weeks
- Soreness/Stiffness: One week to 10 days
Should You Modify Your Dental Hygiene Routine?
In the first couple of days following wisdom tooth removal, you are most vulnerable to certain complications. The first is bleeding due to loosened stitches, and the second is a dry socket, in which the blood clot or scab that forms over the surgical wound becomes dislodged and exposes the bone. Preventing these potentially serious complications requires temporary modifications to your dental hygiene routine.
Dental professionals are divided as to whether you should brush within the first 24 hours following wisdom tooth extraction. Some say it is fine as long as you keep your toothbrush away from the surgical sites. Others recommend that you avoid brushing at all during the first 24 hours following surgery. However, all agree that you should resume brushing on the second postsurgical day, taking great care around the surgical sites. The same goes for flossing.
Regardless of whether you decide to brush during the first 24 postsurgical hours, you should refrain from rinsing your mouth. On the day after surgery, you can cleanse the mouth with rinses of warm salt water but avoid swishing or spitting for several days thereafter.
Which Foods Can You Eat, and Which Should You Avoid?
It is important for you to stay hydrated after surgery. Even if you do not feel like eating, sipping on cold coconut water can help fill you up, keep your electrolytes balanced, and help numb the pain in your mouth.
You should avoid solid foods for at least a couple days after surgery. Instead, choose soft foods that do not require you to do much chewing. Good examples of wisdom teeth removal food include the following:
- Cottage cheese
Fruit smoothies are another good option, but be sure to sip them directly from the cup rather than drinking through a straw. The sucking motion could loosen your stitches or dislodge your blood clots. If you choose warm foods, such as mashed potatoes or soup, make sure that they are not so hot that they could burn your mouth at the surgical sites.
Integrate solid foods back into your diet gradually, and even when you are back on solid foods, be careful of seeds or nuts that could find their way into the holes left behind by your wisdom teeth and get stuck there.
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About Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
If you are looking for “wisdom teeth extraction near me“, look no further than Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. We are a premier oral and maxillofacial surgery practice specializing in wisdom tooth extraction with locations in Warren, Grosse Pointe, Rochester, Clinton Township and Romeo/Washington Michigan. Our dentists specialize in diagnosing and treating a wide range of facial and dental injuries, as well as numerous cosmetic procedures. We aim to be one of the best in Warren oral surgery, and all our oral surgeons possess dental, surgical, and anesthetic training. From wisdom tooth extraction care to BOTOX injections, our office hopes to become your go-to oral surgery practice.
Here at Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we realize undergoing oral and maxillofacial surgery is usually an unpleasant process. We don’t believe it has to be, so we always strive to provide our patients with the care they need in a compassionate, comfortable, and supportive environment. Our oral surgeons specialize in performing the following procedures:
- Wisdom tooth extraction
- Bone grafting
- Facial reconstruction
- Dental implants
- TMJ treatments
All of our surgeons possess more than six years of dental and surgical training and education and are fully qualified to treat a variety of medical conditions and injuries related to the mouth, face, and teeth. Our oral surgeons are also capable of treating certain conditions using minimally invasive surgical techniques.
Cosmetic surgery, once thought to be a pastime for the wealthy, is becoming more and more popular among men and women. As you age, your skin begins to lose its healthy glow and firm appearance, but with help from our practitioners, you can look and feel younger than you ever thought possible.
Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery dentists also specialize in performing certain cosmetic procedures. Cosmetic surgery can help give you a more youthful and attractive appearance for years to come. We perform procedures such as BOTOX Cosmetic, rhinoplasty, facial liposuction, brow lifts, and face lifts. Surgical procedures, such as face lifts, can remove stubborn wrinkles and frown lines and remove loose, sagging skin.
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