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 the Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center to help your healing process be as easy as possible. Please let us know if you have 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 procedure. When you get home, your first reaction might be to sleep, but we want to caution you against lying down.
Rather than lying flat on your back or on your side, you’ll want to make sure your head is kept elevated. Doing this will help reduce the amount of pain you feel during recovery.
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 oral 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 you should NOT use a straw during the first 24 hours after your procedure. Otherwise, you could dislodge the blood clot in your socket that’s protecting the underlying bone and nerves. The blood clot is part of your body’s natural healing process and should not be disturbed.
Avoid smoking after oral surgery. We recommend you avoid smoking at all times because it can cause things like gum disease. But you should especially avoid ! Not only is it bad for your health and teeth, but it also hinders your body’s natural healing ability.
5.) Syringe Cleaning
You’ll need to use an irrigation syringe to gently rinse away food particles from the extraction sites after eating.
Make sure to not aggressively rinse your mouth after tooth extraction as this will cause irritation and can slow the healing process.
The syringe works great for getting out pesky particles of food. 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 saltwater.
You can brush your teeth the night of your surgery but do so at a gentle pace and avoid the extraction site.
6.) Last-Minute Tips
After surgery, you’ll need to gently bite down on the gauze pad that’s placed over the extraction site to help with the bleeding. Do not keep gauze in for more than 30 minutes at a time, as it will absorb too much and become unusable. If you’re still bleeding after 30 minutes, throw away the used pad and replace it with fresh gauze. Gently bite down on the gauze and replace it as needed.
If excessive bleeding does not stop after a few hours, call our office at (616) 399-3946.
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.
Learn More About Wisdom Teeth Recovery
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! The Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center is here to make sure all your oral needs get taken care of.