Most people’s wisdom teeth start growing between the ages of 17 and 24. However, in some people, wisdom teeth do not erupt from the gums, which can cause pain, swelling, or gum sores. In addition, an impacted wisdom tooth can put pressure on adjacent teeth or damage your jawbone. If your wisdom teeth are not erupting from your gums, it is a good idea to have surgery to remove them. So with a little care and proper treatment after wisdom tooth surgery, you will recover quickly.
Make sure you schedule your appointment on a day that allows you to recover from wisdom tooth surgery. For example, schedule your appointment on Thursday or Friday so you can recover over the weekend. If you are a woman and using birth control, postpone the surgery until after your period to avoid vaginal dryness.
Buy soft foods such as applesauce, chicken soup, yogurt, canned fruit, gelatin, pudding, or cheese. You should avoid eating foods that require chewing or foods that are served very hot or cold for some time after surgery.
You may be in a lot of pain. You need to make sure that you have plenty of resources around you to keep your mind off your worries. So you should be comfortable for a few days.
You will be tired after the operation and need someone to drive you home and help you get your painkillers from the pharmacy.
Do not try to change the gas as it will disrupt the clotting process. After removing the first bite, keep the area clean and leave it alone. Do not try to force the blood out repeatedly because the change in pressure in the mouth prevents the blood from clotting. Instead, use fresh gauze to absorb the blood.
If after 12 hours or more, your wound is still bleeding at a steady rate, stop biting and start biting on moist tea bags. Tea leaves cause blood clotting, and in some people, caffeine increases blood circulation. This process causes clotted platelets to form in the suture area, which speeds up healing time.
Mix 1 teaspoon of sea salt with 8 ounces of warm water. Take the liquid slowly into your mouth and let it soak in for a moment. Then pour it into the sink or toilet. Do not gargle or spit as this may dislodge the blood clot from the wound. Salt water heals and reduces irritation.
You may apply ice to your cheeks to prevent swelling for the first 24 hours.
Whether you sleep on your couch or bed, place 2 or more pillows under your head so that your mouth is higher than your head and neck. Elevation reduces swelling.
After wisdom tooth surgery, you need water, gas, painkillers, and antibiotics so that you don’t have to get up and go to the bathroom to get the things you need.
A vacuum created in the mouth can dislodge your clots and slow the healing process.
These two can slow down the healing process. You should wait at least 72 hours after wisdom tooth surgery to use tobacco products. (But more is better)
You can use prescription pain relievers or you can take over-the-counter ibuprofen to prevent pain, inflammation, and swelling. Avoid aspirin as it may cause bleeding and slow your recovery.
Count on your spouse, friends, or family to take care of you while you recover from wisdom tooth surgery. Ask them to answer your phone calls, help you with chores around the house, bring you meals, and keep you comfortable while you recover.