Wisdom Teeth Surgery Recovery
The back molars, or wisdom teeth, are the last emerging teeth in your mouth. For many, they start coming out between the ages of 18 and 24, but for others it can be slightly delayed. In most cases, people do not have enough room in their mouth to accommodate these four teeth which can lead to some unpleasant circumstances, to say the least.
If you are dealing with acute pain or swelling due to impacted wisdom teeth, your dentist will most likely push you to get them removed. This procedure is fairly common, and most adults have to go through at some point in their lives. Our staff at Beaverton Oral Surgeons, has many years of experience in dealing with complications arising from impacted wisdom teeth. If you or a close family member are interested in learning more about the procedure and the recovery path, book a consultation with one of our experts right away.
24 Hours After The Surgery
You will most likely feel some pain and develop swelling around the extraction site which will gradually go down in the next few days. You might have to place a gauze pad on the wounds until the bleeding stops. It is highly advised to not participate in strenuous activities as it can put pressure on the wounds causing the blood clots to dislodge. Use an ice pack on the swollen area for some instant relief and if your dentist has prescribed antibiotics to help alleviate the pain, take them too.
Most people will recover from pain and swelling caused by the wisdom teeth surgery within a week. However, the healing process in some cases can be delayed by other factors such as underlying health conditions or exposure to trauma. Patients with diabetes and severe parafunctional habits like smoking may take longer to heal from the surgery.
It can take up to a month for the wounds to completely heal but you can speed up this process with proper aftercare. Some of these measures may include taking your medications on time as prescribed by your surgeon, not drinking from a straw, avoiding anything that can dislodge your stitches, and more.
Foods To Eat and Avoid
Staying hydrated is key to healing faster from the surgery. As well as eating the right kind of food, even though you might not be keen on eating anything post surgery. Your dental surgeon will give you a list of foods that are easy to digest and do not require a lot of chewing. Most soft foods like pudding, soup, mashed potatoes, or cottage cheese are safe to eat while your wounds heal.
Avoid eating extremely hot or cold food. Anything that can get stuck in your teeth like nuts, candies, or seeds, must be avoided during this period. Don’t brush too vigorously while cleaning your teeth as you could dislodge the stitches.
Recovery from wisdom teeth surgery is quicker if you follow instructions given by your dental surgeon. If you or a loved one are interested in finding out more about tooth extractions and aftercare measures, we would love to answer all of your questions at Beaverton Oral Surgeons. Contact us at (971) 249-8370.