Tips For Recovering From Wisdom Tooth Extraction

If you need to have your wisdom teeth extracted, then you probably have questions about the procedure and recovery. The procedure can take just minutes, and with sedation, you won’t feel a thing. But what about recovery? Here at Michigan Maxillofacial Surgery and Implant Center, William Schiro, DDS, and his team can answer all your questions. Recovery from your surgery can take a while, but by following some simple steps, you can make it pass by comfortably.

Plan your procedure and recovery time

You will need to take a few days off work to recover from your surgery, so try to plan around this. A Friday appointment will give you the weekend and might help minimize your time away from your regular activities.

Plan to have someone help you the day of your extraction. You’ll need a friend or family member to take you home after your procedure and help you the rest of the day as the sedation wear off. Dr. Schiro will provide you with guidelines on how to plan and prepare, so make sure you read them carefully.

Control the bleeding with gauze

There will be some bleeding following your extraction. Biting down on a piece of gauze is the best way to reduce bleeding. You may have to do this for several hours following surgery.

If the bleeding persists beyond a few hours, be sure to call us here at Michigan Maxillofacial Surgery and Implant Center for advice.

Watch what you eat

You might not feel like eating for a while after your surgery, but when you start feeling hungry again, you should stick to soft foods for a few days. Applesauce, soup, and yogurt are great recovery foods that won’t cause you pain or discomfort as you eat.

Steer clear of hot and spicy foods, such as curry or chili, as these foods can hinder healing and slow down your recovery. You should also avoid using straws to drink from. The sucking motion of your mouth can put too much pressure on the extraction site and cause you additional pain and may even cause complications.

Keep your mouth clean

Brushing your teeth and flossing will likely be too much for your sensitive gums following your oral surgery. We usually suggest rinsing your mouth with salt water several times a day for a few days after your surgery. This will help clean your mouth as well as reduce pain and swelling.

Dr. Shiro will give you guidelines on when you can start brushing your teeth again. You may need to switch to a soft brush for a while to protect your gums as they heal.

Take your pain medication as prescribed

It’s important that you take your pain medication as prescribed, even if that means getting up earlier or waking up in the middle of the night to take it. You might not feel pain at first because of the sedation, but you will likely feel pain once it wears off. Taking your pain medication will help keep you comfortable.

If you need your wisdom teeth extracted or have questions about the process, book an appointment online or over the phone with Michigan Maxillofacial Surgery and Implant Center today.

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