Did you know that wisdom teeth used to be a necessity for our ancestors?
Before tools were invented to soften foods, wisdom teeth were essential to chew down tough meats and forested foods. These days, wisdom teeth are more of a hindrance than a benefit.
If your wisdom teeth have been causing you pain, you’ve likely scheduled an appointment to have them removed. But how do you manage your recovery process?
We’re here to help you out. Keep reading below to learn what to expect after your wisdom teeth removal.
Follow Up With Your Doctor
Your dentist or oral surgeon will likely check in with you following the surgery. However, you’ll want to keep track of any follow-up appointments with your doctor.
The details of your initial visit will help you understand why you’ll likely have to return for a follow-up visit. For example, if you have an impacted wisdom tooth, your doctor may have to cut into the gum or bone, which will then require stitches. If you’re not sure what an impacted tooth is, you can learn more by reviewing these signs.
Many stitches are dissolvable. However, your doctor will likely still want to follow up with you to ensure the stitches have fully dissolved or to manually remove them.
Manage Your Medications
Before your wisdom teeth removal, ask your doctor which pain relievers are okay to use. Most generalized pain medications, such as ibuprofen or Tylenol, are suggested, but it’s always wise to check with your doctor first, especially if you take additional routine medications.
You might be prescribed antibiotics to take following your wisdom teeth surgery. Antibiotics are often used to prevent infections from developing in the wounds. Since it takes time for the wounds to fully close—typically around 3 weeks—it’s possible you may have to take antibiotics for several weeks.
Prepare Foods and Accommodations
Since you’ll be anesthetized during your wisdom teeth surgery, you’ll likely need a friend or relative to help you get home and assist you for the first few hours. They will have to help you change out your gauze and keep your mouth clean.
Be sure to clear your plans for the rest of the day and the following day as well. Wisdom teeth removal is as taxing as any other surgery, so prepare to relax and rest for a few days following your surgery.
For the first few days, you’ll want to prepare only soft foods. Oatmeal, bananas, pudding, and smoothies are a few foods that are great to eat during your wisdom teeth recovery process.
Make sure you don’t use straws for at least a week after your surgery. The suction can dislocate the blood clot, which can lead to dry socket or infection.
Ensure a Smooth Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth surgery can be intimidating. However, with the proper care and management, your wisdom teeth removal and recovery process will be smooth and free of problems.
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