Recovery Tips and Facts
Painkillers. Over-the-counter painkillers can be used to reduce the pain felt, however make sure you avoid aspirin, as it thins the blood slightly which can result in further bleeding. Placing an icepack over the jaw will also help to ease discomfort, swelling and inflammation.
Food. Make sure you eat soft foods and stay away from things like extremely hot and cold foods. While it may be tempting, don’t use a straw first few days after surgery. Eating things like puddings, yogurt, milk shakes, soups etc. the first few days is a good idea before slowly moving to more solid foods.
Saltwater. Within the first 24 hours, it is recommended that you make sure not to rinse the area in order to let the initial healing stage begin. From then on, do saltwater rinses, especially after eating. It helps to heal the socket and keep it clean.
Couch potato time. Take this as an opportunity to take a mini-holiday. Any strenuous activity is counter-productive, as it could increase the bleeding, swelling and pain. Remember the saying ‘slow and steady wins the race’? Well in this case, it’s true. Don’t be too quick to jump into your normal activities – taking them up little by little is the way to go.
Oral Hygiene. It is important that you keep up good oral hygiene to prevent any infection. Brush your teeth gently and as best you can. Gradually brush nearer the wound day by day…and don’t forget those salt water rinses after brushing, too.
Bleeding Prevention. If your gums are bleeding, bite down on a piece of gauze or clean handkerchief in that area until the bleeding has stopped (approx. 5-10 minutes). If bleeding is excessive and doesn’t stop, contact your surgeon.
The Rare Complications
Complications aren’t very common, but they are possible. So, it’s best to know the complications, which includes: dry socket, nerve injury, accidental damage during surgery, jaw stiffness, and excessive bleeding. If your surgeon has already informed you of any complication, please make sure to follow their advice and to monitor the area. If you notice any unusual symptoms, call your oral surgeon right away.
Dr Paulo Pinho at Widsom Teeth Professionals Sydney has extensive training in oral surgery, including the removal of wisdom teeth. Dr Pinho also has developed a great protocol to prevent and treat dry sockets. To learn more, call Dr Paulo Pinho at Wisdom Teeth Professionals in Sydney on 1300 217 858.
The information contained in this article is intended to give you general information and it is not intended to replace professional medical advice.