After wisdom teeth removal, you'll be taken to a recovery room if you've had sedation or general anaesthesia. If you have local anaesthesia, you will most likely spend your healing time in the dental chair. When you recover from your surgery, make sure to follow your dentist's recommendations:
The first day after wisdom teeth removal in Sydney, there could be some blood oozing. To avoid dislodging the blood clot from the socket, avoid spitting excessively. As instructed by your dentist or oral surgeon, replace gauze over the extraction site.
An over-the-counter pain reliever, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), or a prescription pain reliever from your dentist can be able to help you control the pain. If bone has been removed during the operation, prescription pain medicine can be particularly beneficial. A cold pack against your jaw can also help to alleviate pain.
Swelling and bruising are common side effects
As instructed by your dentist or surgeon, apply an ice pack. The swelling in your cheeks normally goes down after two to three days. Bruising could take several days to heal.
Intend to rest for the rest of the day after the surgery. The next day, resume regular activities, but for at least a week, avoid strenuous exercise that might cause the blood clot to fall out of the socket.
Drinking water is essential
After the surgery, drink plenty of water. In the first 24 hours, avoid alcoholic, caffeinated, carbonated, or hot drinks. For at least a week, avoid drinking with a straw because the sucking action can dislodge the blood clot from the socket.
For the first 24 hours, eat only soft foods like yoghurt or applesauce. When you are able to handle semisoft foods, begin consuming them. Strong, hot, or spiced foods should be avoided because they can get trapped in the socket and aggravate the wound.
Cleaning your mouth
During the first 24 hours after surgery, do not brush your teeth, rinse your mouth, spit, or use mouthwash. In the first 24 hours, you'll usually be advised to brush your teeth again. Brush with care around the exact wound, and rinse your mouth gently with warm salt water every 2 hours and after meal.
If you smoke, refrain from doing so for at least 72 hours after surgery, and preferably longer. If you chew tobacco, wait at least a week before using it again. After oral surgery, using tobacco products can delay healing and increase the risk of complications.
It's possible that the stitches will disappear after a few weeks or that you won't have any stitches at all. Have an appointment to have the stitches removed if they need to be removed.
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