Recovery Tips: Post Wisdom Tooth Removal
You have completed your wisdom tooth extraction procedure! Now you’re on the road to recovery. However, you might be feeling a little anxious about what to expect and what to do during the recovery period.
Here are some recovery tips that can help you completely heal post procedure:
- Duration time – The recovery period depends on the number of wisdom teeth that are removed and the wound size after your surgery. Make sure to talk with your dentist on the expected time frame of your recovery.
- Limit activities – After your wisdom tooth removal, you need to limit your activities and avoid any strenuous activities for a few days. The possible side-effects of the procedure, such as pain, stiff jaw and swollen mouth/cheeks can become worse under/after strenuous activities.
- Take pain relievers – Your dentist will prescribe you pain medications. Make sure to take them on time to ease any discomfort and pain.
- Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol – Do not drink alcoholic beverages or smoke 24 hours after the procedure. Smoking and drinking alcohol can delay your recovery period.
- Don’t use straws, avoid spitting and forceful rinsing – 24 hours after the procedure, blood clots that form in the empty socket can aid in the healing process of your gums. Spitting, using a straw and forceful rinsing can remove or dislodge the blood clot so make sure to avoid these activities.
- Consume liquid foods and soft foods – You can have clear liquids after the procedure and eat soft food a few days after your wisdom tooth removal procedure. Avoid hard foods that can dislodge the blood clot in your empty socket, which is trying to heal.
The healing process and recovery period after wisdom tooth removal will take around two weeks, but it will also depend on how the wisdom tooth was impacted. To learn more about recovery tips after a wisdom tooth extraction, contact us at Southwood Dental Studio in London. We look forward to taking care of you and your family’s dental needs.
– Dr. Agrawal