Centerville area dentist gives advice for recovering from wisdom tooth extraction
Most people will have to go through a wisdom tooth extraction at some point. During adolescence, we begin to keep an eye on the wisdom teeth. Some people will see their growth in the teens, while others may not until they are well into their twenties.
Wisdom tooth extraction is a routine procedure that should not be feared. During your consultation appointment, we will discuss sedation options to make the entire experience stress-free.
The recovery period from wisdom tooth removal is important. Patients will want to follow these recommendations to ensure the mouth has adequate time to heal properly.
- Rest. Patients are given instructions to go home and rest for the remainder of the day following their extraction. Patients who have had anesthesia may still be groggy and sleepy for several hours. Most patients can return to normal activities the day after their appointment. High intensity exercise or sports should be avoided for at least a week.
- Limit beverages to water. Hydration is an important part of the healing process. Patients need to drink plenty of water and avoid carbonation or alcohol as they can inhibit healing.
- Avoid straws. The sucking motion of drinking from a straw can dislodge clots. Drink straight from the cup.
- Eat soft foods. After the procedure, only consume foods such as soup, applesauce, yogurt, or pudding. The following day you may slowly introduce soft foods such as pasta. Hard, crunchy foods will need to be avoided until the socket is fully healed.
- Manage pain. You will be given a prescription pain medication following the procedure. It is best to take it on schedule as directed for several days to minimize discomfort. Many patients find that they are able to manage pain using over the counter medications.
- Keep the mouth clean. Patients are not able to brush the teeth for 24 hours following the procedure. Warm rinses can help keep the mouth clean. After 24 hours, patients can brush but should be extra careful around the extraction site.
If you are in the Centerville area, call us today to schedule your dental visit.
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