Having your wisdom teeth removed is a part of life for many people. While the extraction process is similar between patients, how you care for your mouth and your body after the surgery can greatly affect your recovery time and level of comfort. These simple steps can help you prepare for your post-extraction recovery, greatly decreasing your chances of complications and unnecessary pain.
Schedule for the best day
Look ahead at your schedule when making your appointment. The more free time you can schedule for after your extraction, the more time you will have to rest and recover before returning to work, school, and other activities. More quality rest time after your surgery will translate into a faster, more comfortable, recovery.
Ask for help
Having someone available to help you after your surgery will greatly reduce the impact on your mouth and body. You will need someone to drive you home, and help you pick up your prescription pain-pills. It is also recommended that you have someone set you up at home with everything you need, minimizing the amount you need to move around.
Plan ahead and make sure you have lots of appropriate foods on hand for your recovery period. Soft, easily-digestible foods are your friend during this period. Creamy soup, yogurt, applesauce, smoothies, and other soft foods should be consumed during this time.
Rest is the most important thing you can give your body during your recovery. The more you rest, the more energy your body can put in to healing. Minimize your movement, and avoid exerting yourself for at least 48 hours after your surgery.
Ice is often your best friend in the first two days after having your wisdom teeth removed. Placing ice on the site (20 minutes on, 20 minutes off) will ease the discomfort and greatly reduce the expected swelling of your cheeks, which typically peaks 2-4 days after surgery.
- Some other helpful tips to keep in mind:
- Keep anything you need close to the area you intend to rest in
- Keep your head slightly elevated to reduce swelling
- Slowly and gently open and close your mouth regularly during your recovery
- Follow all instructions provided to you by your oral surgeon
By following these tips, you can help make your Wisdom Tooth extraction recovery period as fast and comfortable as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to ask your oral surgeon.