WE ARE OFTEN ASKED questions about wisdom tooth extraction, the use of sedation for the anxious patient and how to best care for your teeth and mouth after surgery. As your trusted dental practice, we’re here to calm your fears and address your concerns!
Steps To Take To Promote Healing
There are several reasons why people may need to get their wisdom teeth removed. Here are some things you can do after the procedure to facilitate healing:
- Rest: Rest for the remainder of the day after surgery and as needed after that. Avoid strenuous activity for at least a week.
- Eat soft foods: For the first 24 hours, eat only soft foods such as yogurt, ice cream, or applesauce. Broth-based soups without many chunks are good to eat 1 to 2 days after the procedure. Avoid chewy or hard foods for 1 to 2 weeks.
- Drink water: Drink plenty of water and avoid alcoholic, caffeinated, and hot beverages in the first 24 to 48 hours.
What can I do to reduce pain?
For the pain, you can take a prescription pain killer given to you by Dr Daoudi, specialist dentist, or recommended over-the-counter pain relievers.
To help with the swelling, place an ice pack over your jaw. The cold helps to reduce the inflammation and ease any discomfort.
Can I brush my teeth after the extraction?
Dr Daoudi will instruct you on how to take care of your mouth for the recovery period. We recommend to avoid brushing, spitting, flossing and rinsing for 24 hours. After that, you can gently brush your teeth. Rinse your mouth with salt water frequently to help keep it clean and prevent an infection.
Prevent Dry Socket
After wisdom teeth removal, preventing dry socket is important. When a tooth is extracted, a blood clot forms to protect the bones and nerves underneath. Dry socket occurs when the blood clot is dislodged, exposing the bone and nerves. This condition can be avoided if the proper precautions are taken after tooth extraction.
What steps should I take to avoid dry socket?
To help prevent dry socket, please follow our recommend post-operative guidelines.
These may include, but are not limited to, the following suggestions:
– Avoid smoking before or after the surgery, as tobacco may contaminate the wound site.
– Following the surgery, refrain from spitting or using a straw, as the sucking action could dislodge the blood clot.
– While you should maintain your oral hygiene regimen, be careful when brushing in the area. Use gentle brushing on any teeth located near the wound.
– Use a warm saltwater rinse to keep the area clean, but don’t rinse your mouth too vigorously.
– Don’t touch the wound with your fingers or other objects.
– Eat soft foods and avoid foods that could lodge in the wound, such as popcorn, peanuts or pasta.
How to treat Dry Socket?
If you have a dry socket, Dr Daoudi will rinse out the empty socket, remove any debris and apply sedative medicated dressings to protect the area and decrease pain.
Occasionally, Dr Daoudi specialist dentist may prescribe an antibiotic to prevent infection and a painkiller to ease discomfort.
Advice will be given to what to eat or drink as well as how to clean and care for the dry socket area. With proper care and rest, the dry socket should heal in seven to 10 days.
We recommend a a follow up appointment to monitor healing and to see how you are doing.
We’re Here For You
Our job is to make the healing process easy and comfortable for you. Call us or set up an appointment if you have any questions about wisdom teeth removal or would like to discuss your options! London Smile Care is here for YOU.
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