Wisdom Teeth Removal: Essential Tips for a Smooth Recovery
Earlier, we discussed when to consider wisdom teeth removal. Although it’s a common procedure, effective post-care planning is vital for a smooth recovery. This article offers simple but essential tips, designed to ensure a comfortable and seamless healing process after your wisdom teeth extraction.
Here’s what you need to know:
Safe Journey Home
After the procedure, especially if you’ve had a sedative, make sure you have someone to drive you home. It’s all about ensuring you get back safely.
A bit of pain at the outset is expected, a tooth extraction is technically an amputation after all. Would you expect zero pain after any other surgery?
Follow the pain relief instructions given to you, and always avoid applying anything directly to the surgical site. All effective pain relief will be systemic, so ingested from tablets and not a topical application. Home remedies are not recommended. If the pain doesn’t seem to let up or gets worse, it’s a good idea to get in touch with your dentist.
Swelling & Mobility
It’s common to experience some swelling or find it a tad tricky to move your jaw. If this doesn’t improve over a few days or seems to get worse, reach out to your dental clinic.
A little bruising or discolouration below the jaw might make an appearance, but it’s a part of the healing process.
Rest and Recovery
People often wonder “How many days off do you need for wisdom teeth?” or ask “Can I go to work the next day after wisdom tooth extraction?” Consider taking up to 4 days off work or school. Use this time to:
- Relax and recover.
- Stick to a soft-food diet. Think along the lines of custards, soups, and soft boiled eggs.
- NO physical activity is recommended during this period as the boney socket wound site can be disrupted easily by an elevated heart rate and start to bleed again. If this happens you risk a very painful surgical side effect known as ‘dry socket’
Oral Hygiene during Healing
The mouth is a resilient healer, but it’s essential to keep it clean. Especially when you’re still eating and talking during the recovery phase. Good oral hygiene helps fend off potential infections.
A slight reddish hue to your saliva due to mild bleeding can occur. However, each day should bring noticeable improvement.
A Note on Stitches
If you feel something unusual in your gums, those might be the absorbable stitches. They typically dissolve on their own in about a week to ten days.
Recovery is a unique journey for everyone. Stick to these guidelines, and don’t hesitate to ask questions or voice concerns to your dentist. Here’s to a comfortable and swift recovery!