In our blog post, we talk about the benefits of having your teen's problematic wisdom teeth removed before they start college.
Wisdom tooth removal is a common dental procedure that many people undergo. While the extraction is relatively straightforward, proper post-op care is crucial to ensure a smooth and comfortable recovery. In this blog, we’re sharing five tips to ensure the best post-op care after wisdom teeth removal.
1. Manage Pain and Swelling
It’s common to experience some pain and swelling after wisdom tooth removal. Over-the-counter pain relievers or prescription medications prescribed by our dentists can help manage discomfort. Applying an ice pack to the outside of your cheek for 20 minutes in the first 24 hours can also reduce swelling.
2. Maintain Proper Oral Hygiene
While your mouth may feel sore, keeping your mouth clean is essential to prevent infection. Gently rinse your mouth with warm saltwater several times a day (1 t. salt in 1 c. warm water), especially after meals, to help keep the surgical site clean. Be careful not to rinse too vigorously, as this can dislodge the blood clot and delay healing.
3. Watch Your Diet
Stick to soft, cool, and liquid foods for the first few days after surgery. Avoid hot, spicy, or hard foods that could irritate the surgical site. Gradually reintroduce solid foods as your healing progresses. Also, avoid using straws, as the sucking motion can dislodge blood clots and increase the risk of dry socket!
4. Rest and Avoid Strenuous Activities
Give your body time to heal by getting plenty of rest in the days following the surgery. Avoid strenuous activities, heavy lifting, and exercise for at least a few days to minimize the risk of bleeding or complications.
5. Watch for Complications
Keep an eye out for signs of infection, such as increased pain, swelling, or a high fever. If you notice any unusual symptoms, contact the closests CarolinasDentist near you.
Tooth Extractions and More in North Carolina
During post-op, it’s essential to remember that wisdom tooth removal recovery can vary from person to person. By following our post-op care tips, you should be on the right path towards healing. To learn more about tooth extractions or to ask about your specific recovery process, get in touch with us at CarolinasDentist!