The procedure to remove your wisdom teeth is a major surgery. However, with the proper preparation and care from you and your dentist, you can undergo this procedure without any problem. However, afterwards you still need to follow some steps to continue preventing complications from the surgery. Here are 7 after-care instructions for wisdom teeth removal.
- Avoid tobacco and alcohol use because these substances irritate oral tissue, dry out the mouth, and can slow the healing process.
- Eat soft foods after your wisdom teeth are removed. Do not eat foods which are chewy, hard, spicy, or hot.
- Drink plenty of water after the surgery and avoid beverages which are acidic, spicy, caffeinated, hot, and carbonated.
- Rest for a few days after the procedure because if you increase your blood pressure you can dislodge the blood clot that is protecting the extraction site.
- Avoid using a straw or spitting for a day or two after the wisdom teeth are removed because doing so can also dislodge the blood clot.
- If you are experiencing pain or swelling, apply a cold compress to your face and also take some painkillers.
- You can begin gently brushing your teeth 24 hours after the procedure and rinsing your mouth with salt water to keep it clean.