Tips After Your Wisdom Teeth Get Removed
You may have heard people talk about having their wisdom teeth pulled. What are wisdom teeth? Wisdom teeth are a set of molars that usually form in the back of your mouth when you’re between 17 and 25. Several people have wisdom teeth taken out for a few different reasons.
The first reason is based on their location. Because wisdom teeth are in the very back of your mouth, they may not form properly. Your jawbone or gums may end up trapping them, causing you great pain. The next reason for having your wisdom teeth pulled is because they may form at an incorrect angle, putting pressure against your other teeth, and your mouth may not have enough room for another group of molars. Finally, checking for cavities is really important. Otherwise, your wisdom teeth may cavities or the area may be infected with gum disease since they are often too far back to reach with a toothbrush or dental floss, so they will have to be pulled (webmd.com, 2017).
If you need your wisdom teeth removed, Foothill Dental Care in Livermore can provide the help you need. Call us at (925) 961-5484 today or visit us online to schedule an appointment for a Livermore dentist today.
It often takes as long as two weeks to recover once a patient’s wisdom teeth are removed. The healing process is divided into these stages.
- Blood clots will appear within the first 24 hours.
- In 2 to 3 days, the mouth and cheek’s swelling should decrease.
- After 7 days, a dentist can take out any remaining stitches.
- After 2 weeks, any existing facial bruises should heal
Stages of healing provided by (medicalnewstoday.com, 2018).
What do I do after having my wisdom teeth pulled?
In order to keep these clots intact, there are a few important things one should not do during the first 24 hours. Do not brush the teeth beside the extraction site, rinse out your mouth, consume hot beverages, or eat food that forces you to chew. It’s best to eat soft foods such as yogurt, soups, puddings, etc. You should also abstain from sucking on straws, smoking, or drinking alcohol for a minimum of 24 hours.
Biting a small gauze pad for roughly 30 minutes may help with extraction. Also, you can use an ice pack for the first few hours after the procedure. If you’ve been given general anesthetic, you not be able to drive or operate any heavy machinery for about two days. In fact, you may want to take a couple days off work after the procedure.
Keeping the wound clean after surgery is important. Follow these steps to maintain a clean wound:
- Use an antiseptic mouthwash to rinse to avoid infection.
- Salt and warm water are great to rinse with to reduce swelling and soothe the area.
- Be sure to keep your head elevated when you sleep. This will help you sleep.
In certain cases, home remedies may prove useful for decreasing tooth pain. Here are some ideas for home remedies:
- Clove oil can act as a natural numbing agent from the eugenol.
- Saltwater can help with fighting bacterial infections.
- Garlic can help with preventing bacterial growth and infecting the wound. Try tea bags.
- Peppermint tea can also help numb the pain. Try placing cooled tea bags on the painful areas.
If you need your wisdom teeth removed, Foothill Dental Care in Livermore can provide the help you need. Call us at (925) 961-5484 today or visit us online to schedule an appointment today.