Serving Brentwood, Belle Meade and Green Hills Areas of Nashville TN
Wisdom teeth removal is a popular dental surgery among teenagers and young adults. Getting your wisdom teeth removed during school breaks is what a lot of younger patients like to do. This way, they can avoid missing school. However, scheduling such a surgery during a school break may not be possible, or maybe it’s just not the right time for you. Regardless of when you and your Belle Meade dentist decide that removing your wisdom teeth is the right time, we’ve got some tips to help you recover quickly.
First off, have realistic expectations as to how long it may take to heal from your procedure. Typically, patients find that three days to a week is enough time to get back to feeling normal following their wisdom teeth extraction. However, it may be several weeks before the wound is completely healed, and you can eat whatever you like again. During the healing period, you may find that you have to eliminate certain foods that may irritate the surgical site or are too difficult to chew.
What should I expect the day after my surgery?
It is normal to experience some level of pain and swelling. Also, moderate bleeding following your procedure, at least for the first 24 hours, is normal. We will provide you with specific post-op care instructions as far as how you should manage your pain, swelling, and bleeding. More than likely, you will want to go home and rest for the remainder of the day, and possibly the next day or two following your procedure. Use your best judgment, however, when easing back into your routine.
If you happen to experience severe pain, swelling, or heavy bleeding, contact your Nashville family dentist at Devine Dentistry right away. We may need to evaluate your condition.
- Rinse your mouth out with salt water to remove food debris. The purpose of this is to prevent food from becoming trapped in the surgical site and causing an infection. Allow the water to drain out of your mouth, instead of spitting, which can dislodge the blood clot.
- Drink lots of fluids – preferably water! It is important following any type of surgical procedure that you remain hydrated. It’s a necessary part of the healing process. Plus, the carbonation in sodas could dislodge the blood clot, which could result in an infection known as a dry socket. Be sure also to avoid drinking through a straw, as this, too, could dislodge the blood clot.
- Eat a diet that consists of soft foods for the first couple of days. Since it will be difficult to open your mouth wide, avoid eating hard to chew foods like thick sandwiches, hamburgers, steaks, and the like. Stick with soft foods such as oatmeal, eggs, soup, and similar type of foods at first.
- To help reduce swelling, apply ice packs to your face for about 20 minutes at a time. Be sure to wrap the ice pack with a towel so that it is not directly touching your skin, which could cause burns.
- If you experience jaw tenderness, apply warm compresses to your face. This is most beneficial if done within the first 24 hours following your surgery.
- Avoid smoking. Not only does smoking slow down your healing, but the pressure it creates inside your mouth could dislodge the blood clot.
Wisdom Teeth Removal – Green Hills, Belle Meade
If you would like to learn more about wisdom teeth removal or to schedule a consultation, please call Devine Dentistry at (615) 269-4209.
We welcome patients in the Nashville areas of Belle Meade and Green Hills.