Are you ready for your wisdom teeth removal? It can be intimidating or even scary, but with these wisdom teeth recovery tips from Premier Dental Center, you’ll be more than ready for it!
Before We Begin
Make sure your recovery space is set up BEFORE you get home.
Setting up your comfy spot with enough pillows and blankets is a hassle after surgery. Save yourself the energy by doing it beforehand. Make sure to put your remote somewhere close! No one wants to go digging for that after wisdom teeth surgery!
Soft Foods Will Treat You Right
Soft foods are less strenuous on your mouth, and have a lower risk of causing jaw pain!
Things like chocolates, hard fruits, and salty nut snacks are not your buddies after wisdom teeth removal. They are hard to chew and can get stuck where your teeth used to be.
We recommend going to the store before your wisdom tooth extraction and stocking up on things that are easy to eat.
Here are a few good ideas:
- Pureed Soups
- Mashed Potatoes
- Scrambled Eggs
Eating these in small doses is best.
PRO TIP: If you need to soften something up, let it soak in water. It may ruin the flavor, but it’ll save your mouth from pain!
After surgery, we recommend using gauze to help with the bleeding. Gently biting down on the gauze for 30 minutes will help. If bleeding continues, rinse your mouth, and repeat the process.
If excessive bleeding does not stop after a few hours, feel free to contact us at (248) 457-0500.
A high amount of saliva is expected after oral surgery, so don’t worry if you’re experiencing that! While in recovery, do not do anything that involves strain or excessive activity as this can increase bleeding or reopen a wound.
Avoid Straws and Smoking
Not only are straws bad for the environment, but sucking on a straw after your wisdom teeth extraction will slow your healing process.
You might think that not having to chew your food is a benefit, and that’s true! But sucking on a straw will prevent your sutures from healthy oral healing after a tooth extraction surgery.
Avoid smoking after mouth surgery. We recommend you avoid smoking at all times anyway because it can cause tooth infections, but especially avoid ! Not only is it bad for your health and teeth, it too prevents your sutures from a healthy recovery.
After surgery, you may find yourself tired or drowsy from your type of sedation. When you get home, your first reaction might be to sleep, but we want to caution you against laying down.
Rather than reclining on your bed, we strongly suggest resting in a reclining chair. As you lean back in a chair, there will be less jaw tension. This saves you from any extra unwanted pain.
Enjoy a Movie
It may sound silly, but a good movie can help your recovery process because movies help us relax. Try.
Maybe you have a long, ever-growing list on Netflix. Or maybe there’s that show everyone at the office talks about. Now is your time to sit back, relax, and recover from a wisdom tooth extraction!
An Irrigation Syringe Will Be Your Best Friend
As your Troy Michigan dentist, we recommend using an irrigation syringe to help clean your mouth, but don’t overdo it.
5-6 rinses for the first few days should do–and always after a meal. Make sure to not aggressively rinse your mouth after dental surgery as this will cause agitation and can slow the healing process.
The syringe works great for getting out pesky particles of food without having to dig for them. If a piece of food gets stuck in the spot your tooth used to be, don’t panic. Rinse it out slowly with the syringe and if you’re up for it, we recommend doing so with warm saltwater.
You can brush your teeth the night of your dental surgery but do so at a gentle pace.
Ready To Schedule Your Consultation?
Whether it’s you or a loved one going through wisdom teeth removal, we hope you feel a little more prepared now. For more on dental health, check our blog page! Feel free to request an appointment or reach out and contact us online or by phone at (248) 457-0500 if you have any questions we can answer! Premier Dental Center, your Troy MI dental center, is here to make sure all your dental needs get taken care of.