If you are planning a trip to the oral surgeon for the removal of your wisdom teeth, you can make the experience a little less unnerving by learning the details of the procedure in advance. In particular, it is helpful to have a clear understanding of what you should expect during the recovery process following your surgery.
Most patients are understandably concerned about the days and hours after the wisdom teeth are removed. Will there be pain? Will you be able to eat? When can you return to school or work? The goals after wisdom teeth surgery are important to the patient and just as important to the oral surgeon:
- Minimize and manage pain throughout the healing process
- Minimize swelling post-operatively (will also help reduce pain)
- Return to a nutritious diet as quickly as possible
- Return to work, school, and other daily responsibilities as quickly as possible
You will be provided with a clear list of post-extraction instructions after your surgery and they can be downloaded as a pdf online within the “Patient Resources” section on our website www.orasurgery.com. Understanding and adhering to these guidelines will be in your best interest in terms of your personal comfort and also your health.
According to the type of anesthesia that you have selected, you might be advised to avoid driving or working for at least 24 hours, and you should use this time to just relax. It is best to avoid activities that are strenuous or those that require much movement, since conserving your energy will enable the body to begin healing right away.
It is best to avoid activities that are strenuous or those that require much movement, since conserving your energy will enable the body to begin healing right away.
You should avoid stress and strain of any type, including bending over or leaning forward, as this can increase the blood flow and pressure to the head, which can lead to excessive bleeding where the teeth have been removed.
A cold compress and certain medications (given intravenously during the surgery and also as pills after the surgery) will help to reduce swelling or inflammation as well as pain. Eating foods that are soft in texture will ensure that you receive enough nourishment without irritating the surgical sites.
Lastly, drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes should be completely avoided for several days to reduce the risk of infection and prolonged bleeding.
For more advice on how to care for yourself after your wisdom teeth removal, contact our downtown Chicago dental surgery office – ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio at 312-328-9000 today.