Your local dentist may suggest that you have your wisdom teeth removed for a number of reasons—overcrowding, cavities, infections, disease, etc. After having this procedure done, it is normal to feel an irritating amount of pain, swelling, and discomfort. This is a necessary and natural part of the healing process. However, to ensure a full and speedy recovery, it’s important to take care of yourself and do everything in your power to encourage healing. In today’s blog, we are going to share with you some dental tips and advice for recovering from wisdom teeth surgery.

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Prevent a Dry Socket

When your tooth is extracted, a blood clot forms in the empty socket. This new clot is extremely delicate and can easily be removed before the bone has had a chance to fill the socket and heal. When this clot is dislodged, the space where your tooth once was becomes a dry socket. It is absolutely imperative to keep this blood clot in place and prevent a dry socket from forming, because when it does, it can cause severe, radiating pain up and down the face. Another option for preventing this from happening is to discuss with your dentist the possibility of filling the socket with a bone graft.

Keep Head Elevated

When you lie flat, the blood vessels and blood volume near the wound change, often causing the wound to throb and ache. For this reason, during the first three days following an extraction, try to keep your head elevated while sleeping, with your upper body at a 45-degree angle. This will relieve pressure and allow the blood clot to establish itself.

Relax as Much as Possible

After getting your teeth extracted, relax. Give yourself a day or two or three to do absolutely nothing. Don’t go to the gym, start blowing on your trumpet, or do any other strenuous activity that could get the blood flowing and disrupt the healing process—it’s easier than you think to dislodge your blood clot! To ensure that you get the time you need, plan to devote a few days to doing nothing but relaxing and recovering.

Ice Cheek

Regularly applying ice packs to cheek can help relieve pain and swelling. Though it may be uncomfortable at times, this is a step that should not be overlooked. Additionally, remember that heat should never be applied to the area.

Massage Masseter

The masseter is the muscle that works with other muscles to pull the jaw down and back up again. It covers the sides of the jaw nearest the ears. For an optimal recovery, massage this muscle softly, and do your best to slowly and gently open your mouth regularly in order to prevent stiffness.

Watch What You Eat

Adhere mostly to a diet of liquids and gradually build up to more solid foods. Avoid hot and spicy foods and abstain from sucking on a straw as well as spitting and any other type of forceful swishing. Though there may be some bleeding, be sure to not aggressively try to get all the blood out by forcefully sloshing liquids around your mouth and spitting it out.

Follow Your Dentist’s Advice

In addition to reminding you to not brush or floss your teeth for the first day of recovery, your dentists will also likely give you a whole list of instructions that may or may not include the above suggestions. Always follow your oral surgeon’s instructions!  

As with all medical and dental procedures, healing time after a dental extraction can vary and is dependent upon a number of factors. Such factors include health, age, tissue health, how well you take care of yourself, and how well you follow the recommendations and advice of your dentist. To ensure the speediest recovery, keep the above tips in mind.

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