Wisdom tooth extraction is a common dental procedure that many of us will undergo at least once if not multiple times in our lifetime.

While a lot of attention has been placed on the actual wisdom tooth extraction process itself, in both news articles and social media, it is equally important that we do not neglect the aftercare process, which ensures that we get a quick and comfortable recovery

Today, we will delve into the essential aspects of care after extracting your wisdom tooth, providing valuable insights and tips for a comfortable recovery.

1. Immediate Post-extraction Care

After the procedure, it is crucial to follow your dentist’s instructions. Commonly, you are provided with gauze and medication, so do follow the instructions of biting the gauze to stop the bleeding, and take the prescribed medication. Medications, if taken according to prescription, will minimise pain and prevent infection.

2. Oral Hygiene

A good oral hygiene regime after the procedure helps to keep the extraction areas clean and minimises infections. This includes gentle, light brushing of the teeth next to the healing socket and regular brushing of teeth not near the socket. Regular rinses with water after meals and mouthwash after brushing also help to keep the extraction areas clean.

3. Dietary Choices

What should I eat?
Opt for soft and easy-to-chew food for the first few days after the extraction. Avoid warm temperatures or spicy foods so as not to irritate the surgical sites. Chilled soups, yoghurt & smoothies are excellent choices to ensure proper nutrition without compromising recovery. In addition, try to chew/eat with the opposite side of the mouth if you only had wisdom teeth removed on 1 side.

4.Rest and Light Activities

Get plenty of rest!
Do not perform any strenuous activities immediately after the procedure. You can resume light activities/exercise from the next day onwards.

Long-term Aftercare Tips

1. Pain Management

Should pain, bleeding or numbness persist beyond the first few days, consult your dentist immediately. There is a chance that the extraction site is not healing properly, and could be infected.

2. Follow-up Appointments

Schedule follow-up appointments with your dentist to ensure healing is up to expectations. Your doctor might also need to remove stitches or provide further oral hygiene guidance.

Wisdom tooth xray
Greenlife Dental – Wisdom tooth Xray

Wisdom tooth extraction can be discomforting for some of us; however, by having a thorough consultation with your trusted dentist, sticking closely to the recovery plan and properly maintaining post-extraction care, this experience can become more pleasant.

Remember, each of our wisdom tooth removal experiences may vary, so always consult with your dentist instead for personalised advice that is tailored to your specific situation.

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