Wisdom Teeth Aftercare Tips!
Removing the Wisdom Teeth: Aftercare Tips
Wisdom teeth removal is often considered a routine procedure. If it’s performed by a competent dental surgeon and within a fully equipped facility, there is a very low risk of encountering long-term complications. Just like any other surgical procedure, however, it’s important for the patient to strictly follow aftercare instructions as provided by the dentist. These instructions are designed to minimize pain, avoid complications and hasten recovery.
Post Wisdom Teeth Surgery
The steps to follow and the medications to take after the surgery depend on the condition and profile of each patient. But the following removal of wisdom teeth aftercare tips will provide you an idea of what you can expect once you go home after the procedure:
- After the surgery, the dentist will insert gauze pads over the areas where the incisions have been applied. You will be instructed to firmly and gently bite on the pads to control bleeding. The pads can be replaced after every half hour, or as needed, depending on the volume of bleeding.
- It’s best to simply leave the affected sites alone especially during the first day. Rinse gently; do not gargle, talk loud, sip, suck or do anything with your mouth that may disturb the area. If you’re a smoker, do not smoke while under recovery. You may brush your teeth on the first night of the surgery, but make sure to be very gentle and careful especially around the surgical wounds.
- Take the first few days as an opportunity to slow down and take full bed rests. Strenuous physical activities, especially heavy lifting, are prohibited as they may lead to more bleeding and swelling, which lead to increased pain.
- Expect for blood to ooze for one to two days after the procedure. Continue to place gauze pads over the surgery areas and applying gentle pressure on them to contain the bleeding. Swelling is also normal. Ice packs and medication will be prescribed to lessen swelling and reduce discomfort.
- Don’t panic at the seemingly large volume of blood because most of it consists of saliva. If you feel that the bleeding has become severe, sit upright if you’ve been lying down and try applying ice packs on your cheeks. Biting on a moistened tea bag has also been proven to help ease the pain. Once the bleeding has slowed down (this usually happens 24 hours after surgery), rinsing with saltwater a few times a day may be prescribed.
- A soft diet or foods that don’t require chewing will be recommended by your dentist. Make sure to eat well, because your body needs all the nourishment it can take to fully recover. Hot foods and foods with small particles (nuts, popcorn, etc.) should be avoided.
Common side effects post wisdom teeth removal
Other common side effects of oral surgery are sore throat, dry lips, stiff jaw and some bruising. These usually go away on their own, and they can also be addressed with home remedies. You may also ask your dentist for recommended methods to manage these side effects.
When to call the emergency line: When you experience persistent bleeding, severe nausea and/or notice increased dependency on pain medication especially after the 48 hours have passed since the surgery.