There are several reasons why your doctor would recommend getting your third molars or wisdom teeth extracted. You may be preparing for a teeth-straightening or orthodontic procedure or your wisdom teeth are impacted and are either causing present problems for your teeth (like infection, pain, or misalignment) or are possibly going to cause future complications in the future. It is likely that because your expert dentist, like Dr. Priya from Advanced Dental Care in Dubbo, would just recommend removing them since you already have 2 sets of molars and can still function properly without the third one. So, if you are undergoing a third molar removal, do you know the different wisdom tooth extraction post op care instructions?
Wisdom tooth extraction: The recovery
It can take up to 2 weeks to fully recover post wisdom teeth removal. During your recovery period, you may notice that you have the following post op symptoms and effects:
- swelling on the mouth, cheeks, and gums
- minimal but noticeable bruising on the cheek
- jaw pain or stiffness
- palpable pain in different areas of the head (chin, neck, ear)
- unpleasant taste in your mouth (probably due to the blood)
- tingling or numbness of the face, lips, or tongue (rarely happens)
These complaints can be usual and are expected after the oral surgery, but it is still advised and recommended to discuss these effects with your dentist so that any complications that you mistakenly thought were just minimal but were actually serious may be addressed early on. You should report any excessive or prolonged bleeding, severe or progressive pain, or any other strange or unusual symptoms to your dentist or oral surgeon immediately.
Wisdom tooth extraction post op care
There are some ways that you can help yourself feel adjusted and comfortable despite the effects of wisdom teeth extraction. Here are some examples of ways you can alleviate pain and discomfort post oral surgery.
Do not overwork yourself during your recovery period. Rest and relax so your body can regain the energy spent during the surgery.
Make yourself comfortable while lying down. Use extra pillows to elevate your head and reduce the pressure on your mouth.
Wash your mouth correctly and properly. Avoid swishing deliberately, drinking hot drinks, spitting and rinsing forcefully so as not to interrupt in the healing process.
Stop your vices. Avoid smoking and alcohol intake for the first day, or if you can, stop these practices all in all.
Adjust your diet. Instead of acting as if nothing happened after the surgery, eat healthy from regular to soft or liquid diets during the first few days just so as not to hurt or add further injury to your surgical site.
Take your medication. If pain and discomfort are a bit unbearable or keep you from sleeping, you can take analgesics or anti-inflammatories prescribed by your dentist.
Avoid pressure. Do not allow yourself to perform strenuous activities like lifting heavy objects or returning straight to work. Take a day or two off work so as to make sure that your discomfort would not affect your productivity and the anesthesia administered during the surgery are definitely out of your system.