5 Things You Need To Do After Wisdom Tooth Surgery
Many people dread having their wisdom teeth removed due to the cost, pain, or recovery. At Carney Family Dental, there’s nothing to worry about! We go out of our way to make sure that you have a positive experience.
Why Do I Need to Have my Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Wisdom teeth emerge in your late teens and early 20’s. It is common for wisdom teeth to develop abnormally, disrupting the teeth around them. This provides more opportunity for these teeth to cause more severe dental problems if they are not removed. Having your wisdom teeth removed before these problems occur will be more beneficial to your dental health.
Here are four things you should do after wisdom teeth removal.
- Bite firmly on gauze. Change the gauze every 10-15 minutes until bleeding stops..
- Eat soft, cold foods. During the first 24-48 hours a soft diet is recommended. For example: Ice cream, yogurt, soup, mashed potatoes.
- Take your prescribed medications. We recommend taking all medication as prescribed. This will help with your healing process and any swelling or pain you may endure.
- Avoid dry sockets. Avoid drinking through a straw and smoking for the first 72 hours. The sucking motion can dislodge the clot resulting in a dry socket.
- Maintain oral hygiene. Maintaining your oral health by brushing regularly, but avoiding your extraction sites will allow for proper healing as well as starting a warm salt water rinse 24 hours after wisdom teeth removal.
Our team does our best to make sure you have a smooth surgery and recovery. We do this by letting you know upfront what you can expect! And of course, if you have any questions, we’re here to answer them. If you need to make an appointment, get started here!Dr. Kyle Carney