Have you ever wondered why so many people get their wisdom teeth surgically removed? “Wisdom teeth” are the molars that are the furthest back in your mouth, and are most commonly removed because they won’t fit in your mouth if they grow all the way in. The majority of people who need to get them removed do so when they are teenagers or young adults. Wisdom teeth removal involves a simple surgery. Whether you still need to get your wisdom teeth taken out or have someone close to you who is planning on getting the surgery, we are excited to share some of our favorite ways to keep your recovery as enjoyable as possible!
What To Know About Wisdom Teeth Recovery
Whether you still need to get your wisdom teeth removed or have someone close to you who is planning to do so, we are excited to share a few tips on optimizing your recovery process.
Take your recovery seriously when you get home
It is essential to take precautions when you get home from your surgery to avoid infections and other issues. Rinsing with salt water to keep the surgery wounds clean and free of bacteria is one of the most simple and effective things you can do regularly. Make sure you don’t forcefully spit the saltwater when finished, but let it gently fall from your mouth. Your mouth will have some blood in it right after the surgery, so make sure to gently clean the wounds with gauze or a cotton ball after rinsing. It is also integral to avoid dislodging your stitches. This can disrupt the healing process and lead to dry sockets, which are painful and can lead to a prolonged recovery process. Make sure to be gentle with yourself!
Manage the pain carefully
There is a high chance that you will have some pain and swelling in the days immediately following your surgery. One of the best ways to manage this is by using an ice pack. Make sure to ask your dentist about how often you should be using an ice pack. In addition to this, it is important to not directly place ice on your face, as this can lead to an ice burn. Pain medication is another way to help your recovery along. Your dentist will be able to guide you in whether you need to be taking over-the-counter or prescription medications. You may also be advised to take antibiotics. Antibiotics will help protect your mouth from infection as the wounds heal.
Think about what you are eating
Finding the right foods to aid your recovery can help immensely. You may not have a considerable appetite directly after surgery, and your mouth will most likely be sore. The best foods to consume while recovering are those that won’t require much chewing and will be safe for your stitches. Soft smoothies, apple sauce, soup, pudding, cottage cheese, and mashed potatoes are tasty and safe! You should also avoid foods that are too hot or could potentially get stuck in the surgery site. It is also essential to avoid drinking from a straw, as slurping too aggressively may compromise your stitches or the blood clot that protects the wound. The more careful you are with what you eat after your surgery, the sooner you’ll be able to re-introduce your usual favorite foods into your diet!
Recovery from wisdom teeth removal should be treated like any other surgery recovery: with patience and gentleness. Being careful about what you’re eating, proactively managing your pain, and keeping the surgery wounds clean are three simple ways to keep your recovery short, sweet, and simple! Make sure to listen to and follow your dentist’s recovery tips as well. If you or someone you know has questions about the wisdom teeth surgery and recovery process, you can reach us today at (972) 820-8780.