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 advanced 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
After your wisdom teeth extraction, we recommend using gauze to help with the bleeding.
Applying gauze to the swollen area and gently biting down will work wonders. If bleeding continues, rinse your mouth and repeat the process.
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, feel free to contact us online or give us a call 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 as this can increase the bleeding.
Straws Are Not Your Friend
You might think that not having to chew your food is a benefit, and that’s true! But sucking on a straw will prevent your sutures from healing effectively after a tooth extraction surgery.
An added note: avoid smoking after oral surgery. We recommend you avoid smoking at all times anyway but especially avoid! Not only is it bad for your health and teeth, but it also prevents your sutures from a proper recovery!
Soft Foods Are Your Friends
Things like chocolates, hard fruits, and salty nut snacks 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 laying down.
Rather than reclining on your bed, we strongly suggest resting in a chair. 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
As your local dentist, Kalamazoo Smiles recommends using a syringe to help clean your mouth.
A small irrigation syringe will help flush out any gunk that may get stuck in your gums.
We recommend 5-6 rinses for the first few days–always after a meal. Be sure not to over-rinse your mouth as this can cause agitation after mouth surgery. If you choose not to use a syringe, avoid aggressively rinsing your mouth as this can also slow the healing process.
If a piece of food gets stuck in the spot your tooth used to be, don’t panic. It’s not going to cause a tooth infection right away or anything! Rinse it out slowly with the syringe. If you’re up for it, we recommend doing so with warm salt water.
PRO NOTE: You can brush your teeth the night of your surgery, but do so at a gentle pace.
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 friendly Kalamazoo wisdom teeth dentist, 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.