Most people get their wisdom teeth removed when they’re young and their bodies are good at rapidly healing. Some people, though, don’t get their wisdom teeth removed until they absolutely have to or when they have the financial resources to. Here are a few things you should know about wisdom teeth removal.
How Long Will I Feel Pain After Wisdom Teeth Removal?
One of the first things you should do after wisdom tooth extraction is ice the area. But you may not know that ice has almost no beneficial effect on swelling after 24 hours. It may help to control pain though, so by all means, continue to ice if it helps. Swelling, jaw stiffness, and general discomfort can last anywhere from 7-14 days. Take it easy, and soon you will be back to normal.
What Should I NOT Do After Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Most importantly, keep your mouth clean, and don’t eat anything chewy, sticky, or crunchy. You can brush your teeth the night of surgery, but rinse gently! You should rinse 5-6 times a day following surgery. After eating, very gently rinse with warm water mixed with a teaspoon of salt.
What Can I Eat After a Wisdom Tooth Removal?
This is usually the thing people want to know the most. Healing from any tooth extraction can take anywhere from 1 to 2 weeks. Fortunately, you’ll be able to eat before being fully healed. The specific foods you’ll be restricted from eating include the obvious: crunchy foods, sticky foods, etc. Stick to soft foods – such as soups, yogurts, and smoothies – following any tooth extraction, but do not use a straw! The sucking action can be bad for the extraction sites.
Can I Brush My Teeth After Wisdom Tooth Removal?
Yes, you should brush your teeth after wisdom tooth removal - but not right away! The American Dental Association advises patients to wait a full 24 hours before brushing the teeth next to the extraction site. That said, you should always follow the guidance of your dentist as every situation is unique. They may make individual recommendations based on your specific level of surgeries, so be sure to follow their instructions first!
Why Do My Teeth Feel Sticky After Wisdom Teeth Removal?
If you feel a sticky sensation on the teeth following wisdom tooth removal, chances are you haven't been cleaning your teeth well enough. As mentioned, teeth should be cleaned after the surgery, but the American Dental Association warns against brushing the extraction site for 24 hours following your surgery. The stickiness should go away with proper rinsing and brushing. If it doesn't, be sure to contact your oral surgeon for more information.
At Stono Dental Care, we will give you a thorough, detailed guide on how to take care of yourself following wisdom teeth removal. For more specific questions, schedule an appointment today! We look forward to providing you with gentle care to create a healthy and shining smile.
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