Wisdom teeth extraction is one of the oldest and most commonly performed procedures in the history of dentistry. It is also one of the safest. Nevertheless, as a relatively major surgical procedure, it does require a recovery period, and you should know what to expect and how you can ensure the best possible recovery before you remove your wisdom teeth.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
The “wisdom teeth” are the permanent teeth located in the back corners of the mouth. For many, these teeth cause no issues whatsoever and therefore, do not require extraction. For others, however, there is simply no space for them in the jaw, which causes pain, bite problems, misalignment, and other oral health issues. As a result, we need to remove one or more of the wisdom teeth.
Healthy Recovery from Wisdom Teeth Removal
Immediately after your oral surgery, you will be asked to gently bite down on the gauze for about an hour to keep it in place and prevent excess bleeding. You will be encouraged not to rinse your mouth as this will promote bleeding; however, you may be prescribed an antibiotic mouth rinse prevent infection. It is essential that you use this and any other medications exactly and only as prescribed.
Advice to promote healing during recovery:
- If you are a smoker, we recommend giving up the habit until your incision has healed.
- Brush your teeth every day, but be gentle and careful. Soft brushing is important.
- Do not drink through straws during your recovery.
- Use an ice pack if you experience any external swelling.
- Limit your diet to soft foods, such as yoghurt and soup, during the first few days. Make sure that the soup has cooled before you eat it as hot food should be avoided completely.
Pay close attention to your healing. After three days, your pain and swelling should be decreasing, and you should not be experiencing any discharge from the surgical site. If you are not healing as expected after three days, please schedule an appointment with our offices.