Having your wisdom teeth removed is never a fun thing to do. Unfortunately, more often than not, it is necessary. Because it is prefaced that you are going to be living uncomfortably while you are in recovery, here are a few tips and tricks to help make this difficult time as easy as possible:
After your procedure, you will have gauze in your mouth. And let’s say the next 24 hours are going to be pretty strange as you try to remain comfortable. But after a couple of hours of gauze action, trade it for a moist tea bag to prevent clotting. To keep the swelling and bleeding to a minimum, keep your head elevated. And for the next 48 hours, swap out an ice compress every 20 minutes. After that, change your ice compress into a warm one. All of this will help heal the procedure while keeping you as pain-free as possible.
Once you pass the first day with flying colors, things will proceed to get easier. A good idea is to rinse with salt water 8-10 times a day. ½ tsp of salt to 1 cup of water is the ideal ratio, just be sure to be gentle while doing so. You don’t want to disturb your stitches.
Things to avoid completely after surgery:
- Straws. Sounds crazy,but the suction can induce bleeding.
- Tobacco. Tobacco makes it tougher for your gums to heal.
- Strenuous activity. An increased heart rate will increase blood flow. This may increase the chances of bleeding.
If you would like to learn more about wisdom teeth removal, contact Kemmet Dental Design at 701-872-4789 or visit www.kemmetdental.com for additional information.
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