How to recover from getting your wisdom teeth pulled out
Wisdom teeth, are the last molars to appear in our mouth, usually between the ages of 17 and 21. When we do not have enough space in our mouth, or when our wisdom teeth are crooked, they cause various problems affecting our dental health, making it necessary to remove them. This is a surgical procedure that must be performed by a dental surgeon, and requires some care by the patient. On OneHowTo.com we explain how to recover from getting your wisdom teeth pulled out.
The first and most important thing to do to recover from getting your wisdom teeth pulled out is to follow your dentist's instructions, especially about the medicine you should take, the frequency of intake and the diet that you should follow in the following days.
Following surgery, it is advisable to leave gauze pressed on the area or areas of extraction for half an hour, this will help effectively control bleeding. It is not recommended to spit out the blood, but rather to control the bleeding in this way.
When recovering from getting your wisdom teeth pulled out it is very important to rest, especially if you have had all four extracted. Therefore it is best not to take part in physical activities that involve impact or that are too tiring for at least a week, to ensure that the stitches don't come out.
After the extraction of wisdom teeth, and once the anaesthesia has worn off, it is normal to feel pain. This is why it is important to take painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications prescribed by your dentist and to follow his instructions. . These medications will help you feel better.
It is also normal in the days following the operation for your face to swell. To control the swelling you can apply a ice pack or a cold gel compress on your face in the inflamed area. The cold will help soothe the discomfort; you can repeat this procedure several times a day.
It is also advisable to sleep with the head slightly elevated, thus decreasing inflammation.
Your diet is very important when recovering from wisdom tooth removal, so we recommend:
- Staying well hydrated, particularly by drinking water. Coffee, tea, fizzy drinks or alcoholic beverages are not recommended
- Always drink liquids at room temperature or cold and avoid hot drinks that will increase discomfort
- You must maintain a soft diet for about a week. Soups at room temperature, compotes, purees, yogurts and liquefied foods are the best alternatives
Hygiene is also important when recovering from wisdom tooth removal. You should not avoid brushing. Quite the contrary, it is very important to brush your teeth, but gently. On the same day of surgery, you should not brush the area where you have stitches.
It is also important:
- To brush your teeth after every meal
- To floss
- DO NOT use mouthwash, since alcohol can irritate the wounds
- You can rinse your mouth with warm salt water, this will help control inflammation and reduce the chance of infection
To ensure recovery following the extraction of wisdom teeth there are some things you should avoid, for example:
- Do not eat hard, crunchy, or spicy foods for at least two weeks
- Do not smoke for a week
- Do not consume alcohol for a week
- Do not ingest hot beverages or foods for at least a week
If you follow these guidelines you will get recover without any problems. However it is advisable to consult your dentist if:
- You experience excessive bleeding
- You feel too much pain
- The inflammation of the area does not reduce after several days
- You react negatively to any analgesic or anti-inflammatory medication
This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.
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