7 Tips to Recover from Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth are the teeth that emerge in the very back of the mouth. They usually appear between the ages of 18 and 26. Some have all four wisdom teeth, others have less. Sometimes they stay in the bone and don’t emerge. Some people are born without wisdom teeth. A wisdom tooth can cause trouble by growing in the wrong direction, thereby harming the next tooth. 

Wisdom Teeth Extraction

These 7 tips will help you lessen the pain and heal faster:

1. Plan ahead
Prepare for your recovery before your surgery. Talk to an oral surgeon or your general dentist about what to expect. He or she will have a list of guidelines for you to follow related to wisdom teeth extraction. Make sure you read the list well in advance and go over anything you are unsure about with your dentist before surgery.

2. Spend some time to rest
You may want to rush to return to your normal life as quickly as possible, but for your long-term recovery take things slowly. Relax as much as you can with your head elevated by pillows. Don't  exercise for at least a day. Wait a few more days for any strenuous exercise or heavy lifting.

3. Choose your food wisely

Stick to a diet consisting of liquids right after your surgery. Gradually add solid foods, starting with softer foods, like pudding. Stay away from spicy or hot foods and avoid straws.

4. Don't forget to open your mouth
Your mouth will feel stiff after surgery. Because of this stiffness, you may not feel like opening your mouth at all, but it's important that you do; otherwise, the stiffness can actually become permanent. The first time you open your mouth after surgery, do it slowly and gently.

5. Use warm salt water to rinse your mouth
The day after wisdom teeth removal surgery, create a mouth rinse out of salt and warm water. Rinse with this mixture several times a day, especially after eating or drinking, to reduce swelling and pain.

6. Control your bleeding
Your oral surgeon will instruct you to bite down gently on a piece of gauze to reduce bleeding. After 12 hours, consider switching to a damp tea bag instead. Tea leaves can help reduce pain and encourage clotting.

7. Follow your dentist's advice

Your dentist may give you some instructions that differ from these suggestions. To heal as quickly as possible from your wisdom tooth removal, always listen to your oral surgeon's instructions.


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