If you’ve had your wisdom teeth extracted you are likely familiar with the discomfort and long-lasting recovery time that is typical of many patients. In this blog post, we will provide you with tips to have a faster recovery following wisdom tooth removal. Bookmark our post to share with family and friends who would benefit from this knowledge!
Why are Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Wisdom tooth removal is an oral surgery that can be necessary to prevent problems such as infection, overcrowding, and damage to surrounding teeth. Approximately 5 million Americans have their wisdom teeth removed on a yearly basis, making this a common and widespread procedure.
Tips for a Speedy Recovery
- Follow post-surgery instructions
It is important to follow your oral surgeon’s instructions for care after the procedure. This may include taking medications as prescribed, avoiding certain foods or activities, and keeping the surgical area clean.
- Use ice packs
To reduce swelling and pain after the surgery, we recommended the use of ice packs for the first 48 hours. Apply the ice packs to the sides of your face where the surgery was performed for 20 minutes at a time, several times a day. You are likely to receive a wrap that aids in icing from your oral surgeon’s office. If that is not the case, most local stores and pharmacies will have what you need!
- Take pain medication as prescribed
Your oral surgeon may prescribe pain medication to help manage discomfort after the surgery. Be sure to take the medication as directed to help control pain and speed up recovery. If concerns arise regarding your prescribed medicine, contact your oral surgery office or local pharmacist.
- Eat soft foods
It is crucial to eat soft, nutritious foods after wisdom tooth removal to help your body heal. Some good options include soup, mashed potatoes, yogurt, and smoothies. Avoid hard, crunchy, or spicy foods that could irritate the surgical area.
- Keep your mouth clean
To reduce the risk of infection, keep your mouth clean after wisdom tooth removal. Gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water several times a day and brush your teeth with a soft toothbrush. Also, be gentle as you brush for the first several days, too much pressure can cause further pain.
- Avoid strenuous activity
Avoid strenuous activity, such as exercise or sports, for the first few days following wisdom teeth extraction. This will help reduce the risk of bleeding and allow your body to rest and heal. To keep your body moving, light exercise and walks are great alternatives.
- Avoid smoking
Smoking can interfere with the healing process and increase the risk of complications after wisdom tooth removal. Avoid smoking for at least 72 hours after the surgery, but the longer the better.
Remember to speak with your oral surgeon about specific post-surgery instructions and any concerns you may have about the recovery process. They can provide you with personalized guidance and support to help ensure a smooth and successful recovery.