What to do and not do After you Remove Your Wisdom Teeth

After you get a wisdom tooth removed, you’ll notice it’s a super stressful experience. But, you don’t need to make recovery worse! Here are a few steps that you can take, and a few things not to do in order to make the recovery fast, and good for your own comfort.

First, what you should expect after surgery should be discussed. Knowing what you may feel does help with the anxiety post surgery. Typically, a day after it’s done, the first thing you’ll experience is pain and swelling, typically around the eyes and cheeks, and it can be bad for up to 72 hours afterward. To minimize discomfort though, put an ice pack onto your jaw for about 15 minutes, and then remove for 15. Do be mindful about frostbite if you feel that it’s getting too much. Repeat this for about 24-48 hours.  You can use a zipped plastic bag with ice that’s crushed to help.

From there, you may want to switch to heat after 48 hours since it will help with pain and swelling.

You’ll also bleed a bite, so keep gauze on the surgery site. It’s normal until the blood clots, and you want to make sure that you keep the clot there to prevent a dry socket.

So what should you do? Well first, make sure to keep the mouth clean by using a cup with water and salt to rinse. Don’t be too rough with brushing. Also take your pain meds, because they will help. The same with antibiotics.

You should use a tea bag on the surgical site, because it’s got tannic acid on there, and it will help with the blood vessels contracting and reducing the instance of bleeding. Put it there and bite down for 20-30 minutes.  You should also rest too, and don’t’ do any super heavy physical activity for 24 hours.  Make sure to elevate your head too so you don’t sleep on the same side as the extraction. After 24 hours, you can then do your normal hygiene routine, just remember to avoid the area where the tooth was extracted. Finally, you should initially eat foods that are soft and cold, and from there, change to semi-solids as you go along. Don’t have anything hard or chewy.

So what shouldn’t you do? The first is to not use straws.  In the same vein, do not suck on a straw, or have beverages with carbonation for at least 24 hours.  This can cause the blood clot to dislodge, and then a dry socket which is never fun.  You should also avoid smoking and alcoholic beverages, again for the same reason.

Another one to also watch out for, since it does have some connection to dry sockets is blowing your nose.  If you have a stuffy nose or even nasal draining, this is hard, but for the first two weeks, you need to just wipe your nose without blowing the area.

The final thing is to not have foods that are hard to chew.  Cereals, chips, nuts, and popcorn can be very hard to have once you’ve got a tooth extracted, and not only is it painful for you, it can wound the already very sensitive tissues.  You should wait about a week before you start to add those back and be wary about them. Again, soft foods tend to be a good thing to have, and it’s something that you should consider if you’re thinking about eating different types of foods.

When it comes to wisdom tooth extractions, you should definitely be careful of what you’re having. It is always recommended to consult a dentist  before making a final decision about it. You owe it to yourself to have this, and you should definitely consider what you’re going to have with this, and anything that you should keep in mind when you are looking to extract a wisdom tooth.  For anyone who wants to, they can always take these different tidbits to heart, and remember, it’s not just for the wisdom tooth removal, but for any type of tooth removal, and it’s something that’s so simple, anyone can do it, and these preventative measures will help you in many different ways too.