Oral care after wisdom tooth extraction – tips from your dentist near West Carrolton
The extraction of wisdom teeth is something that most people will experience at some point. Most young people develop these third molars during their teen years or early twenties. Sometimes, there is room in the mouth for teeth to grow in. Other times, wisdom teeth will need to be removed because they are unable to emerge from the gums, stuck beneath existing teeth. Having your wisdom teeth extracted does not have to be a scary experience. Dr. Cobb and our staff of caring professionals provide gentle, accurate care before, during, and after oral surgery procedures. We ensure patient comfort using local numbing medication, and we provide sedation when necessary.
Following the extraction of wisdom teeth, there are certain oral care practices that can help you have a stress-free recovery. If you live in West Carrolton or the surrounding areas, contact us to learn more about our high standard of care.
Before wisdom tooth removal
- Plan ahead for your wisdom tooth removal. This early planning gives you ample time to discuss details with your dentist, and learn what to expect from treatment, as well as ask any questions. We provide our patients with the recommended guidelines to follow before and after surgery, and encourage reading through them well before the day of your procedure.
- Plan your procedure when you can take a few days off to heal.
- Arrange for someone to drive you to and from your appointment.
- Eat carefully chosen foods, starting with liquids only. As your soft tissues begin to feel better, you may add in soft, solid foods, starting with things like ice cream or pudding. Spicy and hot foods should not be added to the diet until the area has fully healed.
- Drink from a cup, not a straw.
- Get plenty of rest. It is quite possible that you will feel ready to return to normal activities as soon as the day following the removal of wisdom teeth. For long-term benefit, however, it is best to maintain a slow pace for a few days. No heavy lifting or strenuous exercise should take place until your dentist has followed-up with you after treatment.
- Move your jaw. Following oral surgery, the jaw may feel a bit stiff, and you may want to limit movement. It is important, however, to open your mouth so that stiffness does not persist. Slow, gentle movements are all that is necessary.
- Use salt-water rinses several times a day, starting the day after surgery. This will facilitate the healing process and clean the mouth after eating and drinking.
Our team of dental professionals is concerned about your overall health and wellbeing. We will assist you through the process of wisdom tooth removal for optimal results. Contact us to schedule your appointment at Alex Bell Dental.
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