Tooth extractions are routine procedures now a days and it not abnormal to experience some pain, swelling and discomfort after it. There are many reasons dentist recommends their patients to undergo wisdom tooth removal procedure. Reasons may include infection, tooth crowding, cavities or any disease. Just patient has to make sure to follow some tips after removal of wisdom tooth so to make healing faster and easier.
⦁ BITE ON GAUZE PAD
Just after extraction done, bite down on gauze pad to stop bleeding the extraction site. Doing so helps in collecting blood at the extraction site and results in formation of blood clot which further improves healing.
⦁ TAKING PROPER MADICATION
After surgery mainly medication is prescribed to avoid further infection and for patient’s comfort to relieve pain. You might also be instructed to take antibiotics while you recover. This is to prevent any infections while your mouth is vulnerable to germs. Be sure to take the full course of antibiotics as instructed by your dentist. Sometimes if surgery prolonged for more time, there is tension created on muscles. Muscle relaxants are often prescribed.
Removal of wisdom tooth often results in swelling. Iceing the jaw and cheek helps bruising and reduction in severity of swelling. Don’t put ice directly to your face, as this may lead to ice burn.
Apply the ice pack on the side of extraction site for 15-20 minutes. Ice it as much as possible for first 36-8 hours after procedure.
⦁ TAKE THE SOFT DIET
Nutritious diet is important after getting your wisdom tooth removed. Staying hydrated and eating well is important for recovery, though you might not have a very good appetite directly after surgery. Since there is wound, though soft and easy to chew food items are recommended. This will not alter the healing and keep the site safe from injury.
⦁ Extremely hot food that can burn the site of the surgery.
⦁ Nuts or seeds that could get stuck in the hole where your wisdom teeth used to be.
⦁ Drinking from a straw, or slurping too vigorously from a spoon, which can dislodge your blood clot or ruin stitches
⦁ KEEP YOUR MOUTH CLEAN
Be very gentle while brushing the area of extraction. This will help to keep the forms blood clot from becoming dislodged.
Gently rinse the mouth to the day after surgery with warm salt water. Keep the site clean and avoid food lodgment.
⦁ OPEN AND CLOSE YOUR MOUTH
You need to work through stiffness if you feel any. Start slowly but be persistent with this.
⦁ TAKE PROPER REST
After the tooth extraction process, make sure you rest for a minimum of 24 hours. Reduce your activities. Do not exercise or carry out vigorous actions for the next few days. When you want to sleep during the recovery period, lie down with your head propped up with pillows. Avoid sleeping flats because it may extend bleeding span and delay healing.