Aftermath might sound dramatic but Wisdom Teeth Removal is important. We want you to be prepared after your surgery.
If you need to have your wisdom teeth removed, you must know that it’s not going to be a typical tooth extraction procedure. Especially if your wisdom teeth are impacted; oral surgery will be required. Don’t worry, you will not feel anything during the surgical process because of the anesthesia; however, you need to prepare yourself for the care you will need after surgery.
What to expect after a tooth extraction?
After the wisdom teeth removal, you will likely experience some bleeding. Your dentist will send you home with gauze to bite down on gently yet firmly on. The gauze packs placed over the treated area; make sure they’re in place for a complete hour or until the bleeding has ceased. If you need to replace the gauze pack, make sure to moisten the fresh one with tap water. Then make sure it is positioned properly over the bleeding spot.
When the bleeding stops, be very careful with the surgical area – don’t do anything that may disturb it.
Oral Hygiene Routine
Expect your oral hygiene routine to change a bit, too; brushing teeth is still a must, but it should be done ever so carefully — keep the bristles of your toothbrush from going anywhere near the raw area. Rinse your mouth gently with saltwater or saline solution after brushing and use saltwater every time you wish to “disinfect” your mouth.
A Laurel, MD dentist advises avoiding any strenuous physical activity that will cause blood to rush to your head; this may result in bleeding, swelling and pain. You are not to engage in tiring physical activities for three to four days after the surgery – expect to get bored because there are many physical activities you will not be allowed to do.
Swelling will occur and it’s not going to look pretty for two to three days after the surgery. This is normal, so don’t be too alarmed. Most dentists prescribe medicine for managing the swelling after the procedure; just take the medicine as instructed by the dentist and complement this with the application of a cold pack to the swollen area – 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off during the first 24 hours after the surgery.
How to Address Pain
As for pain, which is also normal, you will be prescribed medication for it. Dentists say taking the first pain reliever right before the anesthesia wears off will help a great deal in managing the discomfort that the procedure is known to create. You can take a pill every time the ache is too uncomfortable to bear. If it doesn’t give you relief, call your dentist and you may be prescribed a higher dosage that may be more effective.
Foods to Avoid
And lastly, you may have to alter your diet for a bit – another necessary sacrifice. You may have to avoid many of your favorite foods. Avoid extremely hot foods because this can trigger bleeding. Stick to a soft diet for a bit and avoid rice or small food items that may lodge into the socket areas. Don’t drink anything that can dehydrate your mouth such as wine; instead, drink lots of water in order to maintain the right pH level of your mouth as well as wash away food debris. Staying hydrated can also promote faster healing and prevent sore throat, which many tend to experience after having their wisdom teeth removed.
If you have more questions about the wisdom teeth removal procedure, contact your local Burtsonville dentist at Nicholas Dental Care.