Wisdom tooth extraction is an extremely common procedure requiring a general dentist in Saratoga Springs, NY. In most cases, recovery takes just a few days and can be managed with mild painkillers. However to ensure full recovery, patients should be careful during the recovery period and avoid certain activities that may upset stitching and/or the healing process.
The First 24 Hours
In the first 24 hours, patients should expect some bleeding within the mouth. They can gently bite on gauze pads to soak the blood and these should be changed for clean gauze periodically. After the procedure, the mouth may remain numb for a few hours, so patients must be careful to avoid biting the lips, tongue and cheeks until feeling is restored. Don’t lie flat as this prolongs bleeding and the patient may use ice packs applied to the cheek in 15 to 20 minute intervals to minimize swelling and discomfort. Additionally, the patient should stick to a soft food diet and avoid straws.
The Next Week
Smoking should not occur for the first 1 to 3 days of recovery. For the second and third days after the procedure, the patient should switch the ice pack for warm, moist heat and contact a doctor is bleeding continues. Wash the mouth with warm salt water multiple times daily and reintroduce solid foods gradually and in accordance with your dentist’s instructions. Gently brush the teeth and tongue regularly to encourage a clean and recovery-friendly oral environment. Limit physical activity and monitor any lingering swelling. If patient notice severe pain, fever, pus, discharge or other unusual symptoms, they should immediately contact their dentist.
With the help of a general dentist in Saratoga, Springs NY, wisdom tooth extraction and recovery will be a fairly quick process with minimal discomfort to the patient. For more information regarding the procedure and your treatment, contact Dr. Mark Moskowitz and his team of oral professionals at 518.633.4446.