Homecare after Wisdom tooth removal | Wisdom Teeth

After the wisdom tooth removal, the patient must adhere to a number of instructions that will help in reducing the sense of discomfort, and also reduce the risk of infection, and it helps to accelerate recovery.

Wisdom tooth Recovery after extraction

Initial soothing and wisdom tooth recovery from extraction takes 3-5 days. It is normal to feel slight pain, mouth and jaw rigidity, especially after the end of the anesthesia, and it is expected that a slight wisdom tooth area swelling and bleeding during the first twenty-four hours after extraction.
Pain medication is usually prescribed to relieve the symptoms. Pressure on the piece of gauze that the doctor places at the place of extraction by biting it; to stop hemorrhage, and to allow a blood clot to form in the place of the extracted tooth. Ice packs can be used for pain relief and decreasing the swelling. Soft food will be needed for the first few days. Spicy food, smoking, and alcohol should be totally avoided for a few days. Thorough healing of the wounds and tissues will take up to four weeks.

Why should you stop smoking after extracting your wisdom tooth?

After experiencing wisdom tooth removal, you should follow strictly the instructions given by Penrith &Chatswood wisdom teeth doctors for a faster healing process. We do not support smoking at any time in your life. This article is just to provide information on how smoking can be harmful to your health, and why smoking should be avoided after extraction.

  • Smoking delays the healing process, by depriving the extraction socket with necessary blood needed for the formation of a clot that partially closes the wound space.
  • Smoking increases the risk of inflammation, and also increases the risk of infection. Smoking can also cause swelling in the area, pain and even severe fever.
  • Smoking cause’s dry socket, as it affects the coagulation process. Smoking can increase the chances of drying the wound, and this is by obstructing the blood flow, preventing the formation of a blood clot, causing severe pain.

Home remedies and wisdom teeth pain control

Home remedies can be great and very helpful in providing pain relief from wisdom tooth symptoms, yet, they will never be an alternative to a dental professional diagnosis and definitive treatment, and this is to prevent more spread of infection leading to more complications.

Refrain from spitting and rinsing during the first six hours of tooth extraction to avoid the loss of blood clot forming at the site of extraction. Rinse with salt water (consisting of a cup of warm water and half a teaspoon of salt)two to three times per day, It cleans infected areas, localizes infections, and prevent accumulation of debris under inflamed soft tissues.

Clove oil with its eugenol content has a strong relieving effect, small drops are added to a piece of cotton, then massaged on the painful area. Also, tea bags with its natural ingredients as tannic acid stops bleeding (especially after extraction) and provide fast relief of pain. It is recommended to eat wisdom teeth diet which is soft foods such as yogurt, soup, and mashed potato in the day following extraction, and then solid food is added gradually until the patient is fully recovered. Continue brushing your teeth and cleaning them with medical floss, taking into account to keep away from the place of extraction, and good oral hygiene will reduce the chances of infection.

When should you contact the dentist after extraction?

  • Bleeding continued for more than four hours of extraction of the tooth.
  • Feeling very painful.
  • Signs of inflammation, such as fever and chills.
  • Redness of the place of extraction, or the appearance of a substance leaking from it.
  • Vomiting or nausea.
  • Feeling chest pain.
  • Cough and shortness of breath.

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