Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common oral surgeries performed in this country. A large majority of Americans will have their wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars, extracted at some point in their lives.
While the procedure is routine at this point, it is still a significant procedure that requires some recovery time. Additionally, you’ll want to do all that you can to prevent complications like dry sockets and infection, which may keep you off of your feet for a longer time.
When you wake up from the anesthesia or sedation, you’ll still be groggy, so it’s important to have someone take you home after your appointment. You won’t be able to do much for yourself immediately following the surgery, so plan to have someone stay with you.
If you’re still experiencing bleeding 12 hours after the surgery, biting on teabags may help. Certain substances found in tea can accelerate clotting. If bleeding continues more than 24 hours after the procedure you will need to seek immediate attention. Call your oral surgeon if this occurs.
Common symptoms following wisdom teeth removal include pain and swelling. These both should abate over time. In the interim, you can treat the pain with over-the-counter medications and use cold compresses or ice to mitigate swelling.
You’ll need to adjust your diet in the first day or two after your surgery, too. Opt for softer foods that require less chewing action.
In the first few days after your surgery, you should also avoid strenuous activity. Also, steer clear of straws and smoking to reduce your risk of developing a painful complication known as dry sockets. Sucking on a straw—or a cigarette—can dislodge the protective blood clot and expose the nerve underneath.
As you prepare to have your wisdom teeth removed, talk with your oral surgeon to plan for your aftercare. This way you will have an idea of the symptoms and issues you may encounter, and you can prepare to treat those problems if they arise.
If you would like more information on the recovery process of wisdom teeth extraction, or need to have your wisdom teeth removed, call the office of Dallas Oral Surgery Associates to schedule an appointment.