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After the Removal: Wisdom Teeth aftercare

For some, removing wisdom tooth or all four wisdom teeth can be a quite daunting experience. The extraction process is pretty swift and bearable, but the real problem comes after the wisdom teeth removal. Some people experience pain and swelling that lasts for days, even weeks. However, this does not have to be the case. With a proper wisdom teeth aftercare you may be able to do your regular activities in just three or five days. In this post you will see some of the aftercare tips you should apply after the dentist has taken care of your wisdom teeth.

Why should I care about Aftercare after Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Have you ever heard about dry socket? It’s a totally preventable condition that sometimes comes after a surgical extraction. The dry socket symptoms include excruciating pain at the original socket where the wisdom tooth was, along with bad breath and bad taste. If left untreated, the dry socket can lead to infection, and causing your lymph nodes to swell.

After the removal, a blood clot will form in the empty socket. This protects the inner jawbone as well as nerve endings. If it is dislodged or removed (which may be caused by several things, but mostly your poor aftercare), there will be dry socket.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Aftercare Tips

Below are some tips you can use to tackle the problems you might be facing after wisdom teeth removal:

1. How to deal with bleeding after wisdom tooth extraction:

Since it’s a surgical operation, bleeding is the first thing you will notice after the extraction. To minimize the bleeding, your dentist will give you a gauze pad and you should keep it over at the extraction site for 30 minutes. Replace the pad if necessary every 30 minutes. In most cases, the bleeding will stop and the blood clot will start to set after 1-3 hours. Moist tea bags can also be a good alternative to the gauze pad because the tea has tannin that improve the blood clot.

2. How to deal with swelling after surgical extraction:

For the first 24 hours, your dentist may recommend you to use ice packs to minimize the swelling and bruising. The best option is to use it around 30 minutes, and then allow your cheek to rest for another 30 minutes (30 minutes on and then off). After 24 hours, you might have to switch to warm packs instead to reduce the swelling even further. The swelling lasts for about three days to one week, depending on your aftercare.

3. What to avoid during the aftercare

There are some things you need to do to ensure a speedy healing after the extraction. Right after the surgery it is best for you to avoid drinking, eating and talking excessively. Hence, it is a wise idea to eat and drink a lot of fluid before the surgery. Make sure you have the time for a complete rest after the surgery. Dedicate one full day for this, and therefore it is best to have the surgery on Friday night or early Saturday.

Many people mistakenly think that they should drink from a straw to avoid pressure on their empty socket. In fact, dentists will tell you that you should avoid drinking from straws, as well as rinsing rigorously and smoking. You can start brushing the night after the surgery, but with extra caution and gently (needless to say, avoid the extracted area). Last but not least, wait until you’re fully recovered before you go to the gym or do hard exercise.

4. What to eat / drink during wisdom teeth aftercare?

Believe it or not, your diet plays an important role in this healing time. During your recovery time, it is best to avoid carbonated drinks. Lukewarm water should be your priority, especially in the first 48 hours. Soft foods like mashed potatoes, cereals, gelatins, scrambled eggs, and puddings can be your option during this time. Fruit juices are also good option to keep you hydrated, but you should rinse gently using warm salt water afterwards to remove the sugar from your mouth. I think you all understand that you need to avoid eating tough foods and foods that can leave particles in the socket such as peanuts, popcorn, or pasta.

Last but not least, drink the medications given by the dentist as directed. You will be given pain killer and antibiotics to avoid infection, so make sure you finish the antibiotics in a scheduled manner.Call your dentist if you sense that the condition is getting worse, there’s persistent fever, or there’s a severe pain even after four days post the surgery.

That’s all the advice and tips on the wisdom teeth aftercare following the extraction that we can think of. Share your experience under using the comment box available below!


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