WE ARE OFTEN ASKED questions about wisdom tooth extraction and how to best care for your teeth and mouth after surgery. As your trusted dental practice, we’re here to calm your fears and address your concerns!
Steps To Take To Promote Healing
There are several reasons why people may need to get their wisdom teeth removed. Here are some things you can do after the procedure to facilitate healing:
- Rest: Rest for the remainder of the day after surgery and as needed after that. Avoid strenuous activity for at least a week.
- Eat soft foods: For the first 24 hours, eat only soft foods such as yogurt, ice cream (Yes, ice cream!), or applesauce. Broth-based soups without many chunks are good to eat 1 to 2 days after the procedure. Avoid chewy or hard foods for 1 to 2 weeks.
- Drink water: Drink plenty of water and avoid alcoholic, caffeinated, and hot beverages in the first 24 to 48 hours.
- Avoid straws: Anything that involves sucking in and effectively creating a vacuum in your mouth should be avoided. This will help prevent dry socket, a very painful condition that we will talk about next.
Prevent Dry Socket
After wisdom teeth removal, preventing dry socket is important. When a tooth is extracted, a blood clot forms to protect the bones and nerves underneath. Dry socket occurs when the blood clot is dislodged, exposing the bone and nerves. This condition can be avoided if the proper precautions are taken after tooth extraction.
We’re Here For You
Our job is to make the healing process easy and comfortable for you. Call us or set up an appointment if you have any questions about wisdom teeth removal or would like to discuss your options! We are here for YOU.
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