In our previous posts, we’ve covered the benefits of removing wisdom teeth and what to expect during the removal process. So, what about the time spent recovering from wisdom teeth extraction? The process can take several days, and depending on the extent of your procedure, swelling and discomfort can last another week. In order to make this time as comfortable as possible, we’ve compiled a few tips to help you with your wisdom teeth recovery process.
Sit Back & Relax
Schedule a few days post-surgery to just relax. This means no school, work or outside play. Instead, invest in a couple good movies and take a few days for rest and recovery. This is essential to the healing process and will promote a quick wisdom teeth recovery time.
Take Medication Until Completion
Depending on the extent of your removal and the condition of your teeth prior to removal, you may be given antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection while in the healing process. If this is the case, continue to take your antibiotics until they are completely finished. This is the best way to avoid an infection, which can require additional surgery and extend the length of your wisdom teeth recovery.
Indulge on Soft Foods (Eat More Ice-Cream)
Fortunately, you don’t have to starve while recovering from wisdom teeth removal. Instead, you are encouraged to eat and drink soft, cold foods to help sooth your pain. Food like ice cream and yogurt are great, as long as you remember to avoid using a straw to keep your stitches in tact. Avoid the motion of “sucking”, always use a spoon to avoid dry-socket. Other protein-rich soft foods that will keep you full include scrambled eggs and macaroni and cheese. Remember to eliminate the need for chewing if you want the speediest wisdom teeth recovery.
Rinse with Salt
During the first 24 hours after surgery, it is suggested that you do not brush your teeth or rinse your mouth out. After that, it is suggested that you rinse your mouth out with salt water daily in addition to brushing your teeth. This is necessary to prevent food debris from building up in the wounded areas, which could lead to infection, and prolong your recovery time.
Elevate Your Posture
For the first three days during your wisdom teeth recovery, keep your head slightly elevated at a 45 degree angle. This decreases the blood volume in your head and helps alleviate the throbbing pain that is caused by lying flat. Prop your head up with a few extra pillows to see better results during your wisdom teeth recovery.
Recovering from wisdom teeth removal can be stressful if you were not adequately prepared before your procedure. If you would like to learn more about how you can prepare for your wisdom teeth removal, contact A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe in Houston, Texas to set up an appointment with our experienced dentists.