Published on January 25, 2020, Updated on June 11, 2021
Extraction of a wisdom teeth can take time to heal if proper care is not taken. To avoid any type of pain, infections and further problems, proper and extra special care must be taken after surgery. Learn more about Wisdom Teeth Removal
Why is Post-Operative Care Essential?
Oozing, swelling and pain may be expected in the first 24 hours after surgery. No doubt, most patients recover quickly but still it’s very important to keep an eye on the extraction area. Especially because a condition known as dry socket may develop.
Normally, a blood clot forms after the removal, which helps in the protection of the bone, soft tissues and nerves that are present. A dry socket is formed when a blood clot does not form, exposing the bones and nerves. Dry socket symptoms are intense ache, an unpleasant taste, foul odor from your mouth, enlargement of lymph nodes and mild fever. See more about Tooth Extraction.
Thus, to avoid all possible complications/problems, post-extraction healing instructions are given below:
Bleeding or Oozing
Some bleeding is expected after the surgery. The gauze pad should be kept over the surgical area for half an hour. If the bleeding is excessive, firmly bite down on the gauze pads for thirty minutes.
After surgery, start with fluids to prevent dehydration. A nutritious but soft diet should be taken regularly. Avoid hard foods like nuts, popcorn etc, carbonated drinks and also hot liquids/ foods. Puddings, gelatins, juices, yogurt, and eggs are the best option for patients.
Swelling around the face is not uncommon. To minimize swelling use ice packs and apply it to the sides of your cheeks for 20 minutes on and then 20 minutes off, repeating if necessary for up to 2 days.
Mouth Care (Oral Hygiene)
Avoid drinking and talking for the first 2 hours after surgery. It’s better to take rest quietly and avoid any type of physical activities. Avoid spitting and don’t rinse vigorously. Brush your teeth carefully and gently on your other teeth, avoiding the extraction site.
Medication in Pain
Take any over-the-counter or prescribed pain killer medicines and antibiotics as directed by your dentist. Do not drive if you are taking a strong narcotic pain medication because they will make you groggy or sleepy. Also avoid alcoholic drinks.
When to Call Your Oral Surgeon
Always, always call your oral surgeon, if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Swelling that becomes worse day by day
- Too much/excessive bleeding
- Unbearable throbbing pain
- An elevated fever that continues
Whether you have removed one wisdom tooth or all four, one thing that you should keep in mind is that your oral surgeon knows how to get you through this process without any problems, so follow her instructions and you will be back to health in no time.
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