After Wisdom Teeth Removal
While preventing the need for dental surgery is always the ideal option when it comes to maintaining good dental care, sometimes that is simply not an option. There are certain procedures, in other words, that are common and are simply out of your control. For example, every year many individuals experience wisdom tooth extraction procedures due to impacted wisdom teeth. While the procedure itself is rather short, the recovery period can take few weeks. With that said, the most important post-operative instructions cover the first few days after the surgery has been completed. At Cassity & Legacy Implants and Periodontics, we like to ensure that our patients have all of the information they need right at their fingertips. Let’s take a look at the post-op instructions for wisdom teeth removal surgery.
Managing BleedingWhen your wisdom teeth are removed, you will find yourself with an excision site where the dentist had to cut through tissue and actually remove your tooth. It is important that you take proper care to ensure that this site remains clean and heals properly. To that end, it is important to understand that bleeding is a natural part of the healing process, especially right after the surgery. Do not panic if you find yourself bleeding. Make sure that you have clean gauze ready, and apply some directly over your wound. Bite down and apply gentle and continuous pressure for around 30 to 45 minutes. Carefully remove the gauze, and see how the bleeding is doing. You might need to repeat this several times before the bleeding stops completely.
To help further manage bleeding, make sure that you do not engage in vigorous activity or exercise. A blood clot should form within the first 24 hours over your incision site(s). This is an important part of the healing process! Avoid disturbing the clot, and do not use a straw or smoke, or do anything that creates suction in your mouth, while your wounds are healing. Also, avoid warm drinks or foods that could dissolve clots.
Manage PainWhether you are relying on OTC medication or are given prescription painkillers, have your medicine ready to go. When the anesthesia begins wearing off, start taking the medicine as directed. Consider sitting up, even while sleeping, to help avoid painful swelling. You should also apply cold compresses on your face over the extraction areas to help minimize inflammation and reduce the amount of pain that you experience. You can apply these compresses on and off over the first 24 to 48 hours after surgery.
Manage CleanlinessIt can be tempting to simply ignore your basic oral hygiene routine while recovering from oral surgery, but that would be a mistake. Instead, make sure that you gently rinse your mouth to get rid of blood and other debris, and carefully brush and floss your teeth as you normally would.
Manage Nutrition Finally, make sure that you are taking in plenty of water and other fluids. You might also consider stocking up on meal replacement shakes in case you are unable to eat solid foods.
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