Care After Wisdom Teeth Removal

WE ARE OFTEN ASKED questions about wisdom tooth extraction and how to best care for your teeth and mouth after surgery. As your trusted dental practice, we’re here to calm your fears and address your concerns!

Steps To Take To Promote Healing

There are several reasons why people may need to get their wisdom teeth removed. Here are some things you can do after the procedure to facilitate healing:

  • Rest: Rest for the remainder of the day after surgery and as needed after that. Avoid strenuous activity for at least a week.
  • Eat soft foods: For the first 24 hours, eat only soft foods such as yogurt, ice cream, or applesauce. Broth-based soups without many chunks are good to eat 1 to 2 days after the procedure. Avoid chewy or hard foods for 1 to 2 weeks.
  • Drink water: Drink plenty of water and avoid alcoholic, caffeinated, and hot beverages in the first 24 to 48 hours.
  • Take your meds:  For the first 24 to 48 hours take your pain medication as prescribed.  The best way to keep pain to  a minimum is to stay ahead of it.  If you wait until you are in pain it is more difficult to eliminate it.
  • Brush:  Continue to brush normally.  Be gentle close to the areas of the surgery, but  keep those teeth and gums healthy.  Brushing your tongue will also help keep you mouth fresh.  Avoid harsh rinses and only rinse after 24 hours have passed.

Prevent Dry Socket

After wisdom teeth removal, preventing dry socket is important. When a tooth is extracted, a blood clot forms to protect the bones and nerves underneath. Dry socket occurs when the blood clot is dislodged, exposing the bone and nerves. This condition can be avoided if the proper precautions are taken after tooth extraction.

These three tips will best help prevent dry socket:

  1. Do not smoke!  Hopefully ever again, but if it is not your time to quit, refrain for at least 48 hours.  Smoking is by far the most common cause of dry socket.
  2. Avoid using a straw for at least 48 hours.  The suction created in the mouth when drinking through a straw can dislodge a blood clot and lead to dry socket.
  3. Avoid rinsing for 24 hours.  After the first 24 hours a warm salt water rinse is a great way to help with healing.  Avoid harsh rinses with a high alcohol content.

We’re Here For You

Our job is to make the healing process easy and comfortable for you. Call us or set up an appointment if you have any questions about wisdom teeth removal or would like to discuss your options! We are here for YOU.

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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