Here at Williams Lake Smiles, we receive many questions about what happens after our wisdom teeth extractions. Fortunately, the brunt of the recovery period after your wisdom tooth removed only lasts a few days. However, your mouth will still need a week or two to fully recover after your wisdom teeth extraction.
In order to make sure that your recovery goes smoothly, there are some steps you should take during this time. With these tips in hand, our Williams Lake, BC area patients will be fully recovered in no time after a wisdom tooth extraction from Dr. Rudy Wassenaar. Please read on to learn about how you should take care of your mouth post procedure.
As with any surgical procedure, your mouth will require time to heal before you can go back to eating chewy or hard foods. While you will most likely be prescribed painkillers after your procedure, there are some additional steps you can take to make sure your recovery goes by without any trouble. During the first few days of your recovery, you will use a gauze pad to take care of any bleeding you might experience. As you proceed about the day, you should be sure to change your gauze pads out with new ones. If you are still bleeding after 24 hours, contact our office immediately.
Directly after your procedure, your mouth will remain numb for a few hours. During this time, you should be careful to not bite the inside of your mouth. Because your mouth will be numb, you will not be able to feel any damage that you may be doing to your cheeks or tongue, so you will have to be conscious of how you bite. We also recommend that you do not lie flat during the first few hours after your wisdom tooth extraction. The reason for this is that doing so may prolong any bleeding your mouth may be experiencing.
It is very important that you take care of yourself during the recovery period after your wisdom teeth are removed. You should also be sure to relax after your treatment as physical activity can actually prolong your bleeding. If you are feeling pain, you should use an ice pack. Simply place it against your cheek for 15 or 20 minutes. You may also want to try rinsing your mouth with warm salt water. This can reduce swelling and relieve some of the pain and soreness you may be experiencing. You should also eat soft foods, such as yogurt or soup. As your recovery progresses, you will be able to add more solid foods to your day.
Do you currently reside in the Williams Lake, BC area and are currently experiencing symptoms related to impacted wisdom teeth? If so, then you will want to schedule your wisdom tooth extraction soon! Wisdom teeth can cause many problems for your smile, ranging from crooked teeth to tooth decay. For this reason, you will want to have them removed as soon as possible. If you would like to learn more about having your wisdom teeth removed, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Rudy Wassenaar today.
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