Wisdom Tooth Extraction: Recovery Tips

by | Aug 4, 2017 | Dentist

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Many people become anxious when their dentists recommend a wisdom tooth extraction. However, modern dental techniques have made the process much more comfortable.

It’s not simply the extraction, however; recovering from wisdom tooth removal takes time. While it’s often uneventful, some people do experience discomfort. With some easy tips, though, your recovery can be less stressful.

Treat Swelling with Cold (or Warm) Packs

In most cases, if you are experiencing swelling as a result of your wisdom tooth extraction, your dentist will recommend using ice packs on the outside of your mouth for up to 20 minutes at a time. Make sure to take a break after applying them as too much cold is bad as well.

However, in other cases, your dentist might suggest a warm compress. Dentists recommend this if you had an infection before the extraction.

If you’re not sure which is better for you, ask your dentist.

Staunch the Bleeding

Your dentist or oral surgeon will pack the site with gauze immediately after the surgery and will give you a recommended time for it to remain in place. He or she will also give you additional gauze to take home with you.

Cover the site with the gauze and apply gentle pressure by biting down on it.

Be Gentle

Your mouth heals at an incredible rate under the right conditions. Take advantage of this by being gentle with your mouth after a wisdom tooth extraction. Also, make sure that you plan plenty of rest after the surgery.

For at least the first two hours after the surgery, don’t eat or drink. Even minimizing talking can be a good idea. Don’t use straws, smoke, or take part in other activities that could dislodge the blood clot at the extraction site. This can lead to dry socket.

Choose a Dentist with a Great Reputation

The best thing that you can do for your recovery is choose a great dentist to start with. If you have questions about wisdom tooth removal, contact New Age Dental Care at 636-449-0215. You can follow them on Twitter for latest update!

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