Wisdom Teeth Recovery Tips


Hello, I’m Dr. Grey Kantor here with Kantor Dental Group. Here in San Rafael, California.

Today, I want to talk about what to expect after a wisdom tooth extraction or any extraction for that matter. Say you have a wisdom tooth, like this one right here. It’s tilted, it’s impacted, or it has cavities on it, or you’re getting it extracted for another reason. The most important thing to remember is to leave that area alone, or all four areas if you’re getting all four wisdom teeth taken out. You want to not touch the clot. There’s a clot being formed in the socket. That clogs delicate.

Things that can dislodge the clot are rinsing, swishing your mouth, that could dislodge the clot. Suction, things like straws or cigarettes – especially cigarettes will delay healing. Or, even small particle foods like popcorn or rice those can get caught in the clot and can make the healing slower. Staying away from those things will help if you’re a lot faster. So, that’s the number one thing to look out for.

Some things to expect are soreness. The dentist will most likely prescribe you a painkiller such as a hydrocodone, Vicodin, thing of that nature. If you don’t want that, taking a Tylenol together (if you can take it and are not allergic). Taking ibuprofen and acetaminophen together is a very powerful pain reliever and won’t give you that head change your dizziness things sometimes get with Vicodin.

The next thing to expect is, there is possibly some swelling and bruising in the area. Most likely you’ll see that the morning after. So, you’ll go to sleep at night and fluids are allowed to rush towards your head because you’re laying down and that will give you swelling in the morning. What you can do is either use a couple extra pillows so your heads above your heart. Or, in the morning, just sit up put some ice on it. The swelling will go down very quickly, not to worry about that. At our office, we also give you some ice to put on your face, so you can feel better right away.

The next thing to think about is bleeding. Bleeding can occur after the procedure, usually will be biting down on some gauze. But, the dentist will give you some extra gauze to bite down on. What you can do is, bite on that putting pressure on the wound to stop the bleeding. If the bleeding keeps kind of just oozing out slowly. It’s really easy to just put some green tea bags, a little tea bags, just grab that from your, from your cupboard, and bite down on that. And, that will help the bleeding stop as well.

One last thing that may happen, it usually doesn’t, is sometimes you’ll feel a little sharp edges. Like bony edges in your mouth, that’s actually pretty normal. Usually those will work themselves away. Your body will round those off or they’ll exfoliate if it’s a piece of some sort of piece of fragment or something. If the edge doesn’t go away and it starts to hurt or poking something like your tongue. Definitely go see your dentist right away. He or she can help you with that.

Another less likely thing to happen is jaw pain. A lot of times, taking out implants requires putting pressure on your jaw and your jaw might be sore afterward. Again, this is something you can ice. Ice is very helpful for and it should go away very shortly. If it doesn’t, again talk to your doctor about that.

Other than that, wisdom teeth extraction can go very normally. I know when I got my wisdom teeth taken out, I had almost no pain the next day. I was very sleepy.

Hopefully that’s some good information for those of you about to get your wisdom teeth taken out. If you live in the area along get more information please come to our office, Kantor Dental Group is San Rafael, California. And please subscribe, thank you.

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