Undergoing a wisdom teeth procedure is a form of surgery. Just as you should prepare properly before the procedure, it makes sense to know what you should do once the surgery is over. Here are some tips that will help you during the rest of that first day and in the days to follow.
Part of the basic wisdom teeth surgery procedure involves using gauze to protect the open space where the wisdom tooth once resided. It also helps move along the clotting process. Many doctors recommend leaving it in place for a half-hour after you regain consciousness. After that time gently lift the gauze away from the area and discard it properly.
It’s only natural for people to be a bit curious after undergoing wisdom teeth surgery. If you feel the temptation to touch the area with your tongue, resist the urge. Doing so could trigger additional bleeding and impede the healing process.
The same is true with rinsing and brushing. While you may normally brush your teeth with gusto and rinse vigorously, now is the time to be gentle. Keep the bristles away from the area and rinse slowly and with care. Doing so allows you to keep the bacteria in your mouth in check while avoiding the possibility of dislodging the blood that has clotted over the open socket.
Patients undergoing wisdom teeth surgery in North York often receive prescriptions for pain medication. Your doctor will set a maximum amount you may have per day. When you begin taking the medication is up to you. Some patients may not feel a need to take anything until several hours after the procedure. Once you do begin, follow the doctor’s instructions to the letter and do not exceed the dosage without the express permission of your dental surgeon.
Remember that it may or may not be safe to use an over the counter product to manage the pain. Some pain relievers thin the blood, something you do not need right now. If you want to try something that is not prescription-strength, get recommendations from your dental professional first.
In most cases, you won’t need anything for pain very long. It’s not unusual for patients to take something in the hours after the surgery and possibly the following day. After that, they may find the pain has lessened to the point that nothing is required.
Refrain from activities that involve a lot of movement or strain after having wisdom teeth pulled. You definitely want to take it easy the first day. How much you rest after that point depends on the severity of the extraction and the type of work or other activities that are part of your typical routine. Your surgeon may determine you can resume your full routine the following day. If some of those activities do involve strenuous tasks, you may need to limit them for a day or two longer.
Ice packs do more than help dull pain. They also help calm irritated tissue, aid in the clotting process, and reduce swelling. All those benefits support the recuperative process. Feel free to start using them after the procedure during the next couple of days. Remember to take breaks from the ice packs from time to time.
As any wisdom teeth specialist will tell you, some bleeding is expected. What you hope to see is that the bleeding slows in the hours after the procedure and continue to do so the following day. If the flow seems to remain constant and shows no signs of easing off, contact the dental team immediately.
Call the team at Summit Heights Dental if you think a wisdom teeth extraction may be right for you. A quick call to 416-238-5859 or submitting a request for an appointment via our website will lead to setting a date and time to see a professional. If you do need a wisdom teeth extraction, rest assured we will help you prepare, take care of you during the surgery, and ensure you have the information needed to heal properly afterward.