Having a tooth extracted is no small task, and that only gets more complicated and impressive when it is a wisdom tooth that you are losing. You’ll probably want to get back into your normal life as soon as you have had the surgery, but in many cases that is simply not possible. The recovery that you need to be thinking about after wisdom tooth surgery is a little more complex than that, as dentist Dr Paige Woods explained to us.
Immediately after the extraction and for several hours – and in some cases, days – afterwards, you will most likely experience some bleeding. This is because having a tooth removed, and especially a wisdom tooth, is impactful surgery, and your mouth will take a while to recover. Bleeding is one way for your mouth to ensure that the wound is clean. When you start to eat soft foods you should ensure that you do not put too much pressure on the blood clot over the wound, or the healing process will have to start all over again.
You’ll probably experience a lot of pain after the pain relief that your dentist gave you wears off, and you can take prescription pain killers or standard over the counter pain relief tablets, depending on the level of your discomfort. To decrease the amount of pain in the first place you can place an ice pack on your face, as this will reduce the swelling, and should make your mouth more comfortable. Gargling and rinsing your mouth with salt water are great ways of keeping your mouth and gums clean without brushing, which you can’t do for the first 24 hours after the surgery.
It could easily be a few days until your recovery period is over, and there could still be some swelling left to go down after that. As soon as you notice anything untoward, such as pus or a fever, then you should definitely let your dentist know.
If you need a consultation regarding wisdom teeth surgery, call 619-359-6970.