Post-Surgery Care for Wisdom Teeth Removal
Recovery after wisdom teeth removal requires proper care and attention. While your oral health specialist will provide detailed instructions tailored to your specific case, here are some general guidelines to aid your healing process:
- Pain Management: If discomfort arises, take over-the-counter pain relievers as recommended by your oral health professional. Make sure to follow the recommended dosage instructions.
- Control Bleeding: After the extraction, biting down on a piece of gauze can help manage bleeding. Your dentist will give you specific instructions on this and other steps to follow immediately post-operation.Here’s a simple guide on how to control bleeding after your wisdom teeth removal surgery:
- Gauze Pad Application: Your oral surgeon will typically place a folded gauze pad over the surgical site right after extraction. Keep this pad in place, applying gentle pressure by biting down on it for about 30 to 45 minutes. This pressure aids clot formation, a crucial part of healing.
- Replacement of Gauze Pad: If bleeding persists after the initial 30 to 45 minutes, replace the old gauze pad with a new one. Soak the new gauze in clean water, wring out the excess, and fold it into a pad. Place it over the extraction site and bite down firmly for another 30 minutes.
- Use of a Tea Bag: If bleeding continues despite using gauze, a tea bag can be an effective alternative. Tea contains tannic acid, which can help facilitate clot formation. Dampen a regular black tea bag, fold it, and place it on the surgical site, biting down gently.
- Maintain an Upright Position: Avoid lying flat, as this may prolong bleeding. Instead, prop your head up with pillows.
- Avoid Disturbing the Surgical Area: Refrain from touching the area with your fingers or tongue. Also, avoid rinsing, spitting, or using straws for a few hours after the surgery as the suction can dislodge the clot and delay healing.
- Stay Calm: Anxiety can increase blood pressure, potentially exacerbating bleeding. Relax and remember that a certain amount of bleeding is normal and expected.
- Avoid Disturbing the Clot: Try not to rinse excessively, spit forcefully, or use a straw for drinking, as these actions might dislodge the blood clot formed in the socket, disrupting the healing process.
- Use Warm Salty Water: Starting 24 hours after the surgery, rinse your mouth gently with warm salt water after meals to help clean the area and soothe any discomfort.
- Opt for Soft Foods: Stick to a diet of soft, easy-to-chew foods for a few days post-surgery. This step helps prevent food particles from getting lodged in the surgical area.
- Abstain from Smoking: Refrain from smoking for at least 48 hours after the procedure. Smoking can delay healing and increase the risk of complications.
- Avoid Alcohol and Intense Activity: Alcohol can interfere with the healing process and some pain medications. Similarly, strenuous physical activity can lead to increased bleeding or swelling.
Remember, these are general suggestions, and your recovery may require different or additional steps. Always follow the specific after-care instructions provided by your oral health professional for a smooth and speedy recovery.