You’re about to go through wisdom teeth surgery or have already done so, and you need some tips on how to deal with it.
Getting your wisdom teeth removed can be great for your health, but the recovery process can drain you without proper planning. Below we have a few tips from Kalamazoo Smiles to help the healing process go as smoothly as possible.
Please contact us if you have any questions.
Before Your Wisdom Teeth Surgery, You Should…
Before your wisdom teeth removal try to incorporate this tip!
Make sure your recovery space is set up BEFORE you get home. Setting it all up after wisdom teeth surgery is a hassle. You’re going to want to sit down, rest, and not fuss with pillows, blankets, and your comfy chair.
How to Treat Your Mouth
For the first 30 minutes after wisdom teeth extraction, you’ll need to gently bite down on the gauze pad that’s placed over the surgical site. Once 30 minutes have passed, remove and discard the gauze. If you are still bleeding, you may place fresh gauze over the site and gently bite down. Do not keep gauze in for more than 30 minutes at a time, as it will absorb too much and become unusable.
If excessive bleeding does not stop after a few hours, call our office at (269) 353-3700.
A high amount of saliva is expected after a wisdom tooth extraction, so don’t worry if you’re experiencing that! While in recovery, do not do anything that involves strain or excessive activity.
Straws Are Not Your Friend
You might think that not having to chew your food is a benefit, and that’s true! But you should NOT use a straw for the first 24 hours after your procedure. Otherwise, you could dislodge the clot that your body formed in the tooth socket. This clot is important because it protects the underlying bone and nerves until the wound heals.
Note: Do NOT smoke after oral surgery. While we always recommend our patients stop smoking, you especially shouldn’t. Not only is it bad for your health and teeth, but it also inhibits your body’s natural healing ability!
Soft Foods Are Your Friends
Foods like chocolate, hard fruit, and salty nuts will be the last thing you want to eat after wisdom teeth removal.
We recommend chewing on soft foods. Before your oral surgery, be sure to go to the store to stock up on foods that require little to no chewing.
Here are a few good ideas:
- Pureed Soups
- Mashed Potatoes
- Scrambled Eggs
Eating these in small doses is our recommendation.
Advanced tip from your family dentist: If you need to soften something up, let it soak in water! It may be less appetizing, but you’ll be able to get it down a lot easier.
Avoid Laying Down
After surgery, you may find yourself tired or drowsy from your type of sedation. When you get home, your first reaction might be to sleep, but we want to caution you against lying down.
Rather than reclining on your bed, we strongly suggest resting in a chair or finding another way to sleep with your head elevated. Leaning back in a chair puts less pressure on your jaw, which saves you from a lot of pain.
Netflix Is There for You
It may sound silly, but a good movie can help your recovery process because movies help us relax. Try.
Maybe you have a long, ever-growing list on Netflix. Or maybe there’s that show everyone at the office talks about. You just had wisdom teeth surgery, now is your time to sit back, relax, and recover from a tooth extraction!
Use an Irrigation Syringe
While recovering from wisdom tooth extraction, you’ll need to use a syringe to clean your mouth.
A small irrigation syringe will help flush out any food particles that may get stuck in your gums. You should continue using the irrigation syringe to rinse after each meal until the gums have completed closed and healed.
Tip: You may brush your teeth the night of your surgery, but do so at a gentle pace and avoid the extraction site.
Want to Know More About Your Wisdom Teeth?
Whether you or a loved one has an upcoming wisdom teeth removal, we hope you feel a little more prepared now. As your local Kalamazoo dental practice, we’re here to make sure all your needs are treated with the best care. For more on dental health, check our blog page! Feel free to request an appointment with us at Kalamazoo Smiles or reach out and contact us online or by phone at (269) 353-3700.