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How to Care for Your Wisdom Teeth After They've Been Removed

December 15, 2021
Posted By: Amber Schmidt

Wisdom teeth extraction is one of the most common procedures performed on adults between the ages of 24 and 43. During surgery, wisdom teeth that have not formed properly, wisdom teeth that have partially crashed through your gums, or wisdom teeth that have completely failed to erupt are removed.

If you've had a wisdom tooth extracted, you'll need to be particularly cautious in the first month after the procedure, especially if you want the extraction site to heal quickly. Healing takes two weeks on average, with a full recovery taking about a month.

In some extreme situations, extraction operations may necessitate a 6-month special focus on the extraction site.


The list below is a sample of some of the after-care instructions to keep in mind:


Obtain aid during the first 24 hours

You will be sent to a recovery area after surgery and will be required to rest for at least 24 hours before being allowed to return home. A responsible adult should be appointed to pick you up after the operation and stay with you for the first 24 hours afterward.


Because you will be on pain medication, which may cause drowsiness, the Dentist Parker CO recommends that someone stay near by in case of an emergency. Despite the fact that it is only a preventative measure, you should take the advice carefully.


Raise your head to a higher posture

Once you've recovered from the surgery, you should take a break. You might wish to make precise planning for the operation before it happens. Make sure you have several soft pillows to rest your head on, and that you lift it higher. This is to avoid any wound drainage from accumulating in your throat and choking you.


Elevating your head can also help with the throbbing discomfort that some people suffer following surgery.



Avoid doing any of these things as soon as possible after surgery

Don't remove the gauze pad that has been applied to the surgical area for at least half an hour. Rinse your mouth with water and avoid touching the wound. You don't want to risk disturbing the blood clot, which is still fragile.


This will help to stop any pain or bleeding

It's possible that saliva will spill and turn somewhat stained or crimson. If bleeding persists, cover the wound with a sterile gauze pad and bite hard for thirty minutes.

The soreness is primarily due to the swelling of the tissue. Apply a cool compress to the outside of your jaw to reduce swelling and pain. Use a dry cloth between your cheeks and the cold compress to avoid a damp and chilly sensation on your sensitive skin. Heat compresses should never be used since they can cause blood clots to break apart, causing complications.


Do not take over-the-counter pain medications unless your dentist allows or recommends it. Some of these medications will cause you to bleed more.


Be careful of a dry socket

Dry sockets can occur during about 5% of all tooth extractions. Dry socket, also Referred to as alveolar osteitis, is an infection of the tooth socket that occurs after a blood clot prematurely ruptures following tooth extraction. The best approach to avoid dry socket is to maintain excellent oral hygiene before and throughout the healing process.


Smoking, sucking through a straw, coughing, sneezing, or spitting violently should all be avoided during the healing process. Avoid carbonated or alcoholic beverages after an extraction since they have been linked to an increased chance of dry socket.


Despite the fact that wisdom teeth extraction is a common surgical procedure, post-operative care should not be overlooked.

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