Have you or someone you know gone through wisdom teeth removal surgery? If you’re unaware, your “wisdom teeth” are your farthest back molars. They generally come in during one’s teenage years, and many people do not have enough room in their mouths to accommodate these teeth. For this reason, the majority of young adults end up getting their wisdom teeth removed. Whether you still need to get your wisdom teeth taken out or have someone close to you who is planning to, we are excited to share a few tips on making the best of your recovery process.
- Take your recovery seriously when you get home. It is essential to take precautions when you get home from your surgery to avoid infections and other issues. Rinsing with salt water to keep the wounds clean and free of bacteria is one of the most simple and effective things you can do regularly. Make sure you don’t forcefully spit the saltwater when finished, but let it gently fall from your mouth. Your mouth will have some blood in it right after the surgery, so make sure to gently clean the wounds with gauze or a cotton ball after rinsing. It is also integral to avoid dislodging your stitches. This can disrupt the healing process and lead to dry sockets, which are painful and can lead to a prolonged recovery process.
- Think about what you are eating. Finding the right foods to aid your recovery can help immensely. You may not have a considerable appetite directly after surgery, and your mouth will most likely be sore. The best foods to consume while recovering are those that won’t require much chewing and will be safe for your stitches. Smoothies, soup, apple sauce, pudding, mashed potatoes, and cottage cheese are all both tasty and safe! You should also avoid foods that are too hot or could potentially get stuck in the surgery site. It is also essential to avoid drinking from a straw, as slurping too aggressively may compromise your stitches or the blood clot that protects the wound. The more careful you are with what you eat after your surgery, the sooner you’ll be able to re-introduce your usual favorite foods into your diet!
- Manage the pain carefully. There is a high chance that you will have some pain and swelling in the days directly following your surgery. One of the best ways to manage this pain is by using an ice pack. Make sure to ask your dentist about how often you should be using one. It is also important to not directly place ice on your face, as this can lead to an ice burn. Pain medication is another way to help your recovery along. Your dentist will be able to guide you in whether you need to be taking over-the-counter or prescription medications. You may also be advised to take antibiotics. Antibiotics will help protect your mouth from infection as the wounds heal.
Getting your wisdom teeth removed needs to be taken seriously, even though it is a common surgery. Keeping the surgery wounds clean, thinking about what you are eating, and proactively managing your pain, are three straightforward ways to help make your recovery as painless as possible! Make sure you listen to your dentist’s tips regarding recovery. If you or someone you know has questions about wisdom teeth removal and recovery, feel free to call us today at (940) 464-3500.