Aftercare tips help with fast healing after wisdom teeth extractions in Garland, TXBy Dr. Vidya Suri
What is normal after surgery?Your comfort is the Kings Dental team’s priority. Pain management and sedative options administered before treatment can affect what you experience after treatment. Local anesthetic, nitrous oxide, and other forms of sedation are available. Deeper sedation may be necessary if surgical extraction is required to access an impacted tooth.
While everyone responds differently to anesthesia, those who have had local anesthesia and are alert may be able to return to work and most activities. Patients who require general anesthesia may experience drowsiness afterward. These patients must arrange for someone to pick them up after the procedure is done.
Most people have little to no discomfort and few other concerns after extraction. But you may notice some signs over the days and weeks as your mouth heals:
- Bleeding the first day
- Swelling that gradually improves over two to three days post-extraction
- Bruising that can take several days to fully resolve
What is not normal?
- Problems swallowing
- Difficulty breathing
- Excessive and persistent bleeding
- Pain that isn’t managed with prescription medications
- Numb sensation
- Swelling that gets worse after two to three days
- Bad taste, despite using a saltwater rinse
- Bloody or pus-filled discharge
These symptoms can be indicative of complications like an infection or nerve damage. Call Kings Dental immediately should they arise.
Enjoy a quick, healthy recovery!The majority of patients never encounter any problems. But it’s imperative to follow Dr. Suri’s thorough instructions to minimize potential side effects and complications that interfere with efficient healing. The first one to three days are a particularly critical time and can either heighten or hinder your odds of recovering in a healthy manner. Below, Kings Dental has provided a helpful list of what to do and what to avoid so you’re back to feeling like yourself again in no time!
- Use an ice pack or cold compress to relieve discomfort and to keep swelling, bruises, and discoloration at bay.
- Exercise the jaw by very gently opening and closing your mouth.
- Eat soft foods for the first 24 hours post-extraction. Good picks include soup, yogurt, and applesauce.
- Incorporate semi-soft foods as you can and in a gradual manner in the following days.
- Be intentional about drinking lots of water the first day.
- Take pain management drugs as directed by Dr. Suri. If underlying bone was accessed during your procedure, she may prescribe medications.
- Take it easy for the first day.
- Resume normal activities the day after extraction.
- Starting on Day No. 2, rinse your mouth with warm salt water every two hours and after meals.
- Avoid brushing, mouthwash, and rinses for the first 24 hours.
- Don’t use a straw for at least a week. The suction can cause a complication called dry socket. *
- Avoid hard, crunchy, and chewy foods that tend to stick to the extraction site.
- Don’t consume hot or spicy foods, which irritate the treatment area.
- Avoid strenuous physical activity for at least seven days after the procedure.
- Never rinse aggressively.
- Don’t brush against the clotted areas.
- Stop smoking now! Tobacco products should be avoided for at least 72 hours because nicotine and byproducts such as carbon monoxide interfere with the ability for your red blood cells to efficiently deliver oxygen to tissues. This leads to delayed healing and puts you at greater risk of post-surgical infections and other complications.
- Don’t use chewing tobacco for at least a week.
*Dry socket is a dental condition that arises when a blood clot at the site of a tooth extraction either doesn’t develop, or it develops but becomes dislodged or dissolves before the wound heals. It’s characterized by radiating facial pain, an empty-looking or “dry” area at the extraction site, bad breath, and a foul taste.