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Wisdom Tooth Extraction Recovery

Your wisdom teeth are your last molars, generally developing by the time you turn 17. If your wisdom teeth don’t grow out well, you could be left with misaligned teeth, cysts around the gums, infection, neighbouring tooth damage and other related issues. If your dentist has recommended wisdom tooth removal because of one of these issues, you will have to learn more about extractions and post-operative care.

Although it doesn’t take very long to remove the teeth, the recovery process is gradual and can take a minimum of two days to a week. Your recovery time will also be influenced by various other factors. If the tooth was severely impacted and required the cutting of tissue and bone, the healing process might take a bit longer. The good news is that you’ll be well on your way to recovery if you keep a few tips in mind.

Follow the Doctors Instructions

If you’ve been prescribed a course of oral painkillers, you should take them promptly so that you don’t feel a lot of discomfort after the effect of local anesthesia wears off. Soon after the surgery takes place, the dentist will place a piece of gauze over the affected site to prevent bleeding. Remove this gauze when you have to (the dentist will tell you when) and make sure you follow a strict oral hygiene routine so that there remains little to no bacteria in your mouth.

Avoid Eating Solids

Although you can start eating solid foods, it’s important to stay on a soft food diet for the first few days so that you don’t aggravate the affected site. You might not be able to open your mouth freely in the days that follow the surgery so liquid or soft foods are the best. Make sure you keep your stomach full though as the combination of pain killers can make you feel nauseous at times. Stay away from hot foods, refrain from smoking and make sure you don’t use a straw.

Rinse, Rinse, Rinse

This one can’t be stressed enough. In order to reduce the risk of infection and speed-up healing, you must rinse your mouth with salt water at least 4 times a day. Avoid any sort of rinsing in the first 24 hours as it may dislodge the blood clot and delay the healing process.

Use a Cold Compress

If the pain or discomfort increases after surgery, use an ice pack on your cheeks to soothe the area. The cold temperature may also numb your pain so don’t forget to keep a few ice packs around before you go in for surgery.

Know What’s Normal and What’s Not

Pain, swelling and slight bleeding are normal in the first few days after surgery. If you do however, start feeling very sick or ooze a lot of blood, give your surgeon a ring to discuss your symptoms.

Blue Tooth Dental offers professional wisdom tooth removal in Enmore and Newtown. We also do dental implants, root canals, crowns and dental fillings. Our experienced visiting dental surgeon performs wisdom tooth extractions on-site and take care of all your oral health needs. We also specialize in children’s dentistry and creating customised mouth guards for children.

Our practitioners are committed to offering you professional dental care in Newtown at affordable prices. We service the Sydney area including Enmore, Newtown and Marrickville, you can always drop by our clinic to discuss your concerns.

We promise to deliver the best dental care in Newtown by offering you package deals and limited time offers. Visit us online to book an appointment or call us on 02 9519 2691.

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