The first few days after a wisdom tooth extraction can be uncomfortable. Before you leave the office, you will receive full instructions on how to recover in the best way possible. If you are looking forward to the wisdom teeth coming out in the New Year, here’s a preview of what you can expect for the first few days after surgery.
1. Follow the doctor’s instructions carefully
Every patient’s recovery is different. How fast you recover will depend on your overall health, the extent of the work involved in the extraction, and how fast you normally recover. The dentist will tailor the recovery instructions to your particular case.
2. Use the painkillers as prescribed
So many people think that taking painkillers is a sign of weakness or that they will become addicted to them. The fact is recovery happens faster if you aren’t suffering with unnecessary pain. If the doctor prescribes painkillers, use them as directed. It will make the recovery go easier plus let you sleep and rest properly.
3. Avoid physical activity when possible
Try to keep physical activity to a minimum. The surgical openings will heal faster if they are not pulled or jostled around. If you can, take a few days to rest. Don’t head out to the gym or go for a run. You aren’t on bed rest, but need to avoid activities that might compromise your stitches.
4. Eat soft foods and thin soups
You don’t want to eat foods that require a lot of chewing. Soft foods that you can swallow easily are ideal. Mashed potatoes, puddings, and pureed foods are some options to consider. Thin soups another option. Do not try to consume foods or beverages through a straw. One slip and the straw could damage your surgical wounds.
5. Prop yourself up with sleeping
Use pillows or wedges to prop yourself up when you are sleeping. This will help with your recovery and help keep you comfortable throughout the night. Avoid sleeping in a flat position.
6. Use ice packs to alleviate swelling
You are likely going to have swelling after surgery. Apply an ice pack to the area 15 minutes at a time every few hours. The cold will bring down the swelling and reduce pain as well.
If you need wisdom teeth removal in Chandler AZ or need a second opinion, contact J Philipp today to set an appointment. We are here to help.