What is Wisdom Teeth Extraction?
After wisdom tooth removal surgery
Typically, the recovery period will only last a few days, where patients will be required to consume only liquids or soft foods to avoid disturbing the wound. Painkillers may be used to reduce pain or inflammation, and antibiotics may be prescribed if there is a risk of infection.
These tips can help your recovery process:
• Immediately after surgery, bite gently onto the provided gauze pads to reduce bleeding. Remember to change pads regularly.
• Remember, your mouth is numb from the anaesthetic, so take care not to bite your cheek, lip or tongue.
• When you arrive at home, rest is very important. Try not to lie flat, but keep your head elevated to further reduce the risk of prolonged bleeding.
• If you notice swelling or are feeling localized pain, take some painkillers like Advil or Tylenol and use a cold ice pack to control swelling. Heat can be useful as well but remember to alternate between hot and cold for the best relief.
• Abstain from physical activity for 2-3 days as you heal.
• Eat soft foods and drink lots of liquids. Soups, purees, shakes etc. are all good options to keep yourself nourished as you recover.
• Do not use a straw to consume food or drink as the suction created can re-open the healing wound and cause bleeding.
• After 24 hours have elapsed, it is recommended to gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water many times during the day. The recommended mixture is 1 Tsp of salt to 250ml warm water (about a medium glass). Remember to rinse gently so you don’t disturb the healing wound.
• Do not smoke for at least 24 hours post-surgery to avoid disturbing the wound and introducing harmful contaminants.
• Don’t fidget or play around the wound site with your tongue even if it’s tempting.
• Brush your teeth carefully but regularly to keep your mouth fresh and bacteria free.
Things to think about regarding wisdom teeth removal
• Often your dentist will recommend you have your wisdom teeth removed even if they aren’t currently causing any pain or issues.
• Some people wisdom teeth grow in correctly and don’t cause any issues.
• Wisdom teeth removal is a standard procedure and is rarely harmful, but as with all surgery there is a slight risk involved.
• It is better to remove wisdom teeth early (when a person is in their late teens or early twenties) because the roots have not developed fully, and the jawbone is less dense. This makes for an easier procedure and faster recovery.
• Issues with wisdom teeth usually develop between the ages of 15-25. People in their 30’s will rarely develop unforeseen issues with their wisdom teeth.
• Rare but possible complications from wisdom teeth removal include dry socket, infection, bleeding and numbness.
It is recommended to be proactive and speak with your dentist about the condition of your wisdom teeth and whether it is in your best interest to have them removed. Our St. Catharines office has a wealth of experience with wisdom teeth and can help steer you in the right direction.
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