Any time you have a medical procedure done it is important to know how you will feel and how your body should react afterwards. This is especially if you are having your wisdom teeth extracted. This procedure can create a lot of questions. Questions about how to prepare, what to expect during and what to expect once the extraction has been performed can help ensure you the operation goes as smoothly as possible.
Here are few questions and tips about how to care for your mouth after having your wisdom teeth removed:
How long will it take to recover?
It typically takes two weeks for the healing process to take place. A full recovery is expected after a full month.
How can you handle swelling after the procedure?
Wrap a clean cloth around some ice and apply on the outside of your cheek. Keep it there for 10 minutes, remove for 20 minutes and repeat.
What are some warning signs that you should contact your doctor?
If you notice bleeding after a whole day or after a week still have significant pain, you should contact your dentist.
How should you treat bleeding?
Some bleeding is common after the extraction. With a clean piece of gauze, position it in the location of the extraction and gently bite down to keep it in place.
How soon can you rinse your mouth?
You shouldn’t rinse your mouth for 24 hours after your extraction. Once that time period has passed and the bleeding has stopped you can begin to rinse your mouth with warm water. If you let salt dissolve in the water it can disinfect your mouth.
Be mindful of the types of food and drinks you choose
While your mouth heals it is important to change some of your eating and drinking habits. Beverages like milk, water, tea and juice are good. Hot beverages can be very uncomfortable and irritate the extraction site. Softer foods are also good. Mashed potatoes, jello, pudding and ice cream are all good choices. Also, colder foods will help reduce swelling.
These are only a few questions and tips that can help when the time comes to have your wisdom teeth removed. If you think you need to have your wisdom teeth removed and we can refer you to an oral surgeon. It is important to know that the extraction is performed under anesthesia and should only be done by a trusted, experience surgeon. For all of your other dental needs visit the local experts in a relaxing, spa-like environment. The Smile Spa offers the best in dental care all in a soothing atmosphere. For more information and to make an appointment, click here.