Your Guide to Navigating the Perils of Post-Extraction Life
Ah, wisdom teeth. Those pesky latecomers that show up uninvited, cause trouble, and eventually, need to be evicted. If you’re reading this, That means you are also going through the same pain these wisdom teeth cause or you are sitting there panicking about going to a doctor, about your procedure.
And let’s face it – nobody’s excited about having teeth pulled. But don’t worry! We’re here to provide you with some helpful tips and a bit of humor to make your recovery journey a little easier.
The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) estimates that around 85% of wisdom teeth will ultimately require extraction.
Hence, it is crucial to be well-informed about the necessary aftercare. So, without further delay let’s dive into the dos and don’ts after wisdom tooth extraction.
Dos and Don’ts after wisdom tooth extraction
The DOs of Wisdom Tooth Extraction Aftercare
DO take it easy
Breath, We know you’re a real-life superhero, but now’s not the time to prove it. Kick back, relax, and binge-watch that show you’ve been meaning to catch up on. Your body needs time to heal, so give it the rest it deserves.
DO follow your dentist’s instructions
Your dentist knows best! More than a chatGPT or Google. They’ve done this a gazillion times and have seen it all. Follow their post-op care instructions to the letter – this isn’t the time for creative interpretation.
DO eat soft foods
Think of this as an opportunity to relive your baby food days. For the first few days, opt for soft, easy-to-eat options like mashed potatoes, applesauce, and soups. Just make sure they’re not too hot – your mouth is sensitive right now!
DO use ice packs
We all know the age-old trick of applying ice to a bruise or injury. The same logic applies here! Ice packs can help reduce swelling and numb the pain. So, grab a bag of frozen peas or a trusty ice pack and let the chill times begin.
Also Read: Signs a tooth needs to be Pulled
The DON’Ts of Wisdom Tooth Extraction Aftercare
DON’T poke the extraction site
Curiosity may have killed the cat, but in this case, it could cause a painful infection. Keep your fingers, tongue, and any foreign objects away from the extraction site. It’s healing, and it doesn’t need your help!
DON’T use straws
You may be tempted to sip your smoothie through a straw, but don’t! Yes, Don’t. The suction created by using a straw can dislodge the blood clot that forms over the extraction site, leading to a painful condition called a dry socket. You don’t want that, trust us.
DON’T smoke or drink alcohol
Ah, I know it going to be hard for you, but trust me I have been there. As much as you might crave a celebratory drink or cigarette after surviving the extraction, resist the urge. Smoking can interfere with the healing process, while alcohol can thin your blood and increase the risk of bleeding. Save the party for later, when you’re fully healed.
DON’T brush or floss near the extraction site
Maintaining Oral hygiene is important, but remember to be gentle! Avoid brushing or flossing near the extraction site for the first 24 hours. After that, continue to be cautious and gentle in the area to avoid disturbing the healing process.
There you have it – a guide to the dos and don’ts after wisdom tooth extraction. Remember, your body is doing its best to heal, and by following these tips, you’ll be on your way to a smoother recovery. So, take it easy, follow your dentist’s advice, and in no time, you’ll be back to your normal, wisdom-tooth-free life
If you have any lingering questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to our dental professionals at (512) 651-3036 for assistance.