Wisdom teeth removal is a relatively painless procedure because the dentist uses anaesthetics, which will numb the surrounding tissues including the gums before the teeth are pulled. Sedatives like nitrous oxide, oral sedative, and intravenous sedative may also be used to control feelings of anxiety but can also lead to drowsiness, thus, the recommendation to have a companion who will drive the patient home after the procedure. This is one of the most important preparations for wisdom teeth extraction.

Yet another thing to deal with is the recovery period after the removal of wisdom teeth Melbourne dentists such as Healthy Smiles are well-equipped to carry out. The speed of recovery largely depends on the degree of difficulty involved in the wisdom teeth’s extraction; for example, a fully-erupted tooth will be easier to extract than an impacted tooth.

Dos and Don’ts 24 Hours After Extraction

Wisdom teeth removal is a surgical procedure so bleeding can be expected several hours after its conclusion. This should not be a cause for concern considering the medications provided by the dentist but it is also possible to control it by:

  • Place either a piece of clean moist gauze or a moistened tea bag over the empty tooth socket.
  • Bite down on it firmly so as to apply constant pressure for 30-45 minutes

If heavy bleeding after wisdom teeth extraction continues despite these measures, see your dentist as soon as possible for proper dental attention.

A few crucial don’ts after wisdom teeth removal that otherwise will lead to complications like dry socket:

 

  • Rinsing and spitting within 24 hours.
  • Sucking actions like smoking, drinking via straws, eating candies
  • Drinking hot liquids and eating solid foods

Just be sure to ask your dentist about the dos and don’ts after wisdom teeth removal since each case is different.

To speed up recovery time, here are a few dos as well:

 

  • Apply cold compress on the face to lessen the swelling – 10 minutes on and 20 minutes off and then 10 minutes on again. The swelling should be lesser in 24 hours.
  • Take the pain medications prescribed by your dentist, said medications of which can be acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
  • Take the antibiotics according to the recommended dosages. Keep in mind that the risk for bacterial infections is higher after wisdom teeth removal so antibiotics are a must.
  • Eat soft foods only. We recommend a liquid diet until the anaesthesia wears off.
  • Gently brush your teeth. Just make sure to avoid brushing on the neighbouring teeth next to the extraction site for obvious reasons.

Most patients assert that the most inconvenience occurs within 24 hours after wisdom teeth removal but things get better with the abovementioned steps.

Dos and Don’ts 25 Hours and Beyond

 

Unless complications arise, the benefits of wisdom teeth extraction will be manifested in the following days. Certain measures are still necessary but the pain, swelling and other post-operative effects will be lesser, said measures of which include the following dos and don’ts:
 

  • Place a warm compress on the swelling. Keep in mind that heat therapy replaces cold therapy after the first 24 hours have lapsed. Keep to a 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off schedule and then repeat as desired.
  • Rinse with a warm water-salt solution after meals. Don’t use commercial mouth rinses as these do not mix with wisdom teeth removal, so to speak.
  • Watch for signs of dry socket, which is characterised by whitish bone instead of a dark blood clot, severe pain radiating to the ear, and bad breath coupled with an unpleasant taste in the mouth. Watch for signs of paraesthesia, too, which is the numbness of the tongue, lips and chin.

Complete healing after wisdom teeth removal will not occur within a week – it will take a few weeks to a few months depending on the case – but it will occur with proper care and proper communication with your dentist.

Get in touch with Healthy Smiles today and find out if you can use sleep dentistry for your wisdom teeth removal.

Wisdom teeth removal is a relatively painless procedure because the dentist uses anaesthetics, which will numb the surrounding tissues including the gums before the teeth are pulled.

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