Recovering from Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Wisdom teeth extraction is an essential treatment to keep your smile healthy and beautiful. However, what happens after the procedure? It’s understandable to be anxious about your wisdom teeth removal appointment, but our oral surgeons are here to answer any questions you may have. Below is a guide to some frequently asked questions about the after-care of your smile once wisdom teeth are removed.
What Happens Right After Removal?
At our practice, we have a dedicated area for patients to wake up comfortably from sedation. Patients have a committed assistant with them throughout their procedure, and who is also present when they awaken. Your assistant will escort you to the waiting area where your trusted family member or friend will take you home. It is advised that you get dropped off and picked up from your procedure, as well as have someone accompany you, for the first couple hours after extraction.
How Often Should Gauze Be Changed?
Slow and constant bleeding is common 24 to 48 hours after wisdom tooth extraction. Patients are advised to regularly check the gauze and change it when it becomes saturated preferably every 60 to 90 minutes. The gauze may remain in place when drinking, but must be removed before eating. Once bleeding has subsided patients no longer require the gauze. If bleeding continues or worsens, you may replace the gauze with a chamomile tea bag. While enticing healing, the chamomile tea bag can substantially decrease bleeding at the site of extraction.
What Should My Diet Be?
Your diet will be restricted during the first few days following surgery. Soft foods will not put any strain on the healing process and can avoid the surgical site if consumed. Solid foods or foods that can leave debris in the extraction site should be avoided. Remaining hydrated is essential for recovery. Do not use drinking instruments that utilize the sucking motion such as straws, as it can dislodge the blood clot that develops and stops bleeding. Eight to ten glasses of fluids a day should be the minimum to keep up strength and hydration.
How Do I Keep My Mouth Clean?
You should not perform any form of oral cleaning the day of surgery. The following day you may brush your teeth at night and rinse your mouth gently. Avoid using dental cleaning products such as toothpaste. The day after surgery, rinse your mouth five to six times a day with lukewarm water that contains a teaspoon of salt, especially after eating.
Signs and Symptoms of Emergency
Many symptoms, such as numbness in the lip or tongue, slight fever, sore throats, or dizziness due to dehydration, are common following wisdom teeth extractions. Do not hesitate to call our Fresno oral surgery practice if there are any questions or concerns in regards to your symptoms. If bleeding does not cease after the 48-hour timeline, immediately call our office so we can see you right away.
If you are experiencing discharge and continuous fever on the third to fifth day after surgery, contact our practice as these are signs of infection. Treatment should be administered soon after symptoms appear to increase effectivity.
If your questions or concerns related to wisdom tooth extraction aftercare have not been answered through the following guide, call or visit Premier Valley Oral Surgery & Dental Implants today so we can schedule a consultation with our professional staff.