For many patients, wisdom teeth are a source of discomfort. Whether your third molars are impacted, or threatening your dental health with infection, decay, or overcrowding, your dentist may recommend extraction. While this extraction surgery is a safe and effective treatment, there are many post-surgical instructions to follow. Below are a few things you can do to ensure a speedy recovery after the extraction of wisdom teeth in Naperville, IL.
Schedule your surgery when you have several days to recover and on a day that someone can drive you to and from your appointment. If you receive sedation, consider having someone stay at your home with you.
Stick to a soft food diet. After wisdom teeth surgery, you will have stitches in the back of your mouth and you may feel discomfort. Drink smoothies and eat soft foods like yogurt, but let the temperatures settle to room temperature to avoid sensitivity and maintain dental health.
Exercise your jaw to beat stiffness. Your mouth will be sore after wisdom teeth surgery but you should practice opening it and closing it slowly.
Try salt water rinses. Rinse with a mixture of warm water and sea salt to aid in healing. Use this after meals and before bed, as you cannot brush in the area. Make sure to ask your doctor when this can begin, you may need to wait at least 24 hours.
Keep tea bags handy. If bleeding is an issue after wisdom teeth surgery, steep a few tea bags. Place them on the treatment site and gently bite down to help your blood to clot.
Take it easy. Your body needs rest to heal. Lie down with your head elevated and relax. Avoid strenuous exercise for several days.
Follow your dentist’s instructions. If this guide differs from your dentist’s post-surgical instructions, then adhere to what you were told. Each patient has a unique treatment path for dental health and your dentist knows what you need to do for the best results.
For more information about surgery for wisdom teeth in Naperville, IL, call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kaz Zymantas. He has extensive oral surgery experience and offers several types of sedation, including nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and IV/Twilight.