Between the ages of 18 and 24 we start to grow wisdom teeth. They emerge at their own pace at the far ends of our set of teeth. However, some people require their wisdom teeth to be removed as they do not push fully through the gums. This can cause pain, swelling and ulcers in future.
Wisdom teeth that are impacted may potentially cause damage to your jawbone by pushing on nearby teeth. If your wisdom teeth are not coming through fully, it would be a good idea to visit a specialist who can then decide whether it is necessary to undergo surgery to remove your wisdom teeth.
Recovering from wisdom teeth surgery can be a nuisance but with proper treatment, you’ll recover in no time…
Make the Appointment on a Thursday/Friday
This is an ideal time to book the appointment with your dental surgeon as you have the weekend to focus on recovery. You certainly don’t want to be working on your recovery days, so choose a date that allows you to recuperate the following day.
Shop for Soft Foods Beforehand
You won’t be able to eat hard foods during the recovery process, so you should buy as many soft foods that you enjoy as you can the day before. Some examples of popular soft foods include yoghurt, soups and puddings.
You could potentially make your own soup the day before to save some money and a trip to the shops. Remember, you’ll also need to avoid foods that are either very hot or very cold after the surgery.
Get Hold of Some Films, Games, Books etc.
These are all hugely beneficial forms of entertainment that can take your mind off the pain after surgery. Games are particularly useful as they can tire you out, increasing the chances of you falling asleep and resting despite the discomfort.
Get a Lift to the Surgery
Your dentist will recommend that you have someone with you to take you home on the day of surgery as you will be groggy after waking up. You’ll also need to stop by at the chemist’s afterwards to pick up a selection of painkillers.
Keep the Gauze on for at least 30 minutes
A protective gauze will be applied to cover the site of the removed wisdom tooth to allow for clotting. You should not interfere with the gauze during this time before the 30-minute mark. Once the first gauze has been removed, keep the area clean and leave it alone. Try not to spit any blood out frequently as this can prevent clotting. Instead, use a fresh gauze.
Switch to Tea Bags
Moist tea bags are a useful substitute for gauze as they also promote clotting thanks to the tannins within the tea leaves. In some people, the caffeine also increases circulation and this encourages the build-up of platelets within the stitched area.
Rinsing with Salt Water
You should look to do this 48 hours after the surgery is complete. Combine a single teaspoon of sea salt with warm water and rinse your mouth with the solution. Avoid gurgling or spitting the solution out as this could dislodge the clot. The salt water reduces the discomfort and encourages healing.
Keep Your Head Elevated & Supplies Close
When sleeping after surgery make sure your head is elevated slightly by putting two or more pillows or cushions underneath your head. This elevates your mouth and results in less pressure, meaning you’ll have less swelling when you wake up.
Your bedside table should include gauze, painkillers, water and antibiotics so that they are close by. This means you won’t have to get out of bed to acquire the things you need during the night.
Article provided by www.omniadental.co.uk, a private dentistry practice based in Basingstoke and providing stunning smiles for almost 20 years.