Are you about to go through your wisdom teeth removal? Have you already done so? Wisdom teeth surgery can be great for your health, but the oral recovery process can be a drag without proper planning.
Below we have six tips from Lakeshore Dentistry to help your healing process be as easy as possible. Please let us know if you any questions!
For Your Home
If you’re already at home after your wisdom teeth removal, we hope you’ve incorporated this tip. If not, take this one as a bonus!
Make sure your recovery space is set up BEFORE you get home. Setting it all up after surgery is a hassle. You’re going to want to sit down, rest, and not fuss with pillows, blankets, and your comfy spot.
1.) Don’t Go Right to Your Bed
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 reclining chair. As you lean back in a chair, there will be a lot less jaw pain.
2.) Find a Good Movie
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. Now is your time to sit back, relax, and recover from your wisdom tooth extraction!
3.) Soft Foods Are Key
Biting into a Honeycrisp apple will be the last thing you want to do after wisdom teeth surgery.
We recommend chewing on soft foods. Before your mouth surgery, be sure to go to the store and stock up on foods that require little to no chewing (or are at least soft).
Here are a few good ideas:
- Pureed Soups
- Mashed Potatoes
- Scrambled Eggs
Eating these in small doses is best.
PRO TIP: If you need to soften something up, let it soak in water. We recommend avoiding anything with spicy, chocolatey, or citrusy flavoring.
4.) Stay Away from Straws and Smoking
Sucking down a strawberry shake might numb your mouth, but the straw can slow or even harm your oral healing process.
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.
Avoid smoking after oral surgery. We recommend you avoid smoking at all times because it can cause things like gum disease, but especially avoid ! Not only is it bad for your health and teeth, but it also prevents your sutures from a proper recovery!
5.) Syringe Cleaning
At your local Holland dentist, we recommend using an irrigation syringe to help clean your mouth, but don’t overdo it.
We recommend 5-6 rinses for the first few days–always after a meal. Make sure to not aggressively rinse your mouth after a tooth extraction as this will cause agitation and can slow the healing process.
The syringe works great for getting out pesky particles of food without having to dig for them with your toothbrush. If a piece of food gets stuck in the spot your tooth used to be, don’t panic. Rinse it out slowly with the syringe. If you’re up for it, we recommend doing so with warm salt water.
You can brush your teeth the night of your surgery but do so at a gentle pace.
6.) Last-Minute Tips
After dental surgery, we recommend using gauze to help with the bleeding. Gently biting down on gauze for 30 minutes will help. 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.
A high amount of saliva is expected, 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.
Want More Ideas from Your Dentist?
Whether it’s you or a loved one going through wisdom teeth removal, we hope you feel a little more prepared now. For more on dental health, check our blog page! Feel free to request an appointment or reach out and contact us online or by phone at (616) 399-3946 if you have any questions! Lakeshore Dentistry, your Holland wisdom teeth dental office, is here to make sure all your oral needs get taken care of.