If you need to extract a wisdom tooth, you also need to know what to do and not to do after wisdom teeth removal! In this article our dentists at Dentakay have answered to all your questions about it; here we go!
How to manage swelling after the surgery?
Swelling after wisdom teeth removal is a normal occurrence and is a part of the body’s natural healing process.
The swelling is usually caused by the body’s immune response to the surgical trauma and is a natural part of the healing process. The body sends increased blood flow to the surgical site to promote healing, and this increased blood flow can result in swelling. In addition, the inflammatory response triggered by the surgery can also cause swelling.
To manage swelling after wisdom teeth extraction, it is important to follow the post-operative instructions provided by your oral surgeon or dentist. These may include:
■ Applying ice
Applying ice packs to the outside of the face near the surgical area can help reduce swelling. You should apply ice for about 10-15 minutes at a time with breaks in between.
■ Taking prescribed medications
Your oral surgeon may prescribe medications such as pain relievers or anti-inflammatory drugs to help manage pain and swelling. It is important to take them as directed.
■ Rest and elevation
Getting adequate rest and keeping your head elevated while lying down can help reduce swelling.
■ Avoiding hot foods and drinks
Consuming hot foods or drinks can increase blood flow to the surgical site and potentially worsen swelling. Stick to cool or room temperature foods and drinks during the initial healing period.
■ Avoiding strenuous activities
Avoiding strenuous physical activities, such as vigorous exercise or heavy lifting, can help reduce swelling and promote healing.
■ Maintaining good oral hygiene
Keeping the surgical area clean and following any oral hygiene instructions provided by your oral surgeon or dentist can help prevent infection and promote healing.
If you notice excessive or prolonged swelling, severe pain, or any other concerning symptoms after wisdom teeth removal, it is important to contact your oral surgeon or dentist for further evaluation and management. They will be able to assess your condition and provide appropriate guidance and treatment if needed.
Can I eat after wisdom teeth extraction?
After the surgery you have to eat only some specific foods for several days! Here’s the list of the foods that you can eat after the surgery:
How to brush after wisdom teeth removal
The timing for brushing your teeth after wisdom teeth removal may vary depending on the instructions provided by your oral surgeon or dentist, as well as your specific healing progress. In general, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene to promote healing and prevent infection after wisdom teeth removal. However, it is important to be cautious and gentle while brushing in the surgical area to avoid disrupting the healing process.
Here are some general guidelines for brushing your teeth after wisdom teeth removal:
■ Wait until the bleeding stops
After wisdom teeth removal, there may be some bleeding from the surgical sites. It is important to wait until the bleeding has stopped or significantly subsided before brushing your teeth to avoid dislodging any blood clots that have formed, as blood clots are important for proper healing.
■ Use a soft-bristled toothbrush
Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush your teeth after wisdom teeth removal. A soft-bristled toothbrush will be gentle on the surgical area and help prevent any further trauma.
■ Brush gently
Be gentle while brushing in the surgical area to avoid causing any pain or discomfort. Avoid using excessive force or aggressive brushing motions that may disrupt the healing process or cause bleeding.
■ Avoid the surgical area
During the initial healing period, it is important to avoid brushing directly on the surgical sites where the wisdom teeth were removed. Instead, brush the other teeth in your mouth carefully, avoiding the surgical area. You can rinse your mouth gently with water or a mouth rinse recommended by your oral surgeon or dentist to help keep the surgical area clean.
■ Follow any special instructions
Your oral surgeon or dentist may provide you with specific instructions on how to brush your teeth after wisdom teeth removal. It is important to follow these instructions carefully for optimal healing and to prevent any complications.
■ Be mindful of what you eat and drink
During the healing process, be mindful of what you eat and drink to avoid any food particles or debris getting lodged in the surgical area. Stick to soft foods and avoid hot, spicy, or crunchy foods that may irritate the surgical site.
Can I vape after wisdom teeth removal?
It is generally recommended to avoid vaping or using any tobacco or nicotine products after wisdom teeth removal, as it can potentially interfere with the healing process and increase the risk of complications. Vaping involves inhaling aerosols containing nicotine and other chemicals, which can potentially irritate the surgical site and delay healing.
Here are some reasons why you should avoid vaping after wisdom teeth removal:
■ Negative effects on healing
Nicotine and other chemicals in vape aerosols can potentially have detrimental effects on the healing process after wisdom teeth surgery. Nicotine can constrict blood vessels, reduce blood flow to the surgical site, and impair the body’s ability to heal properly. This can increase the risk of complications such as delayed healing, dry socket (a painful condition where the blood clot that normally forms after tooth extraction is dislodged or dissolves), infection, and other healing problems.
■ Vaping increases the risk of infection
Vaping introduces foreign substances into the mouth, which can potentially increase the risk of infection at the surgical site. After wisdom teeth removal, the surgical area is vulnerable and requires proper care to prevent infection. Vaping can introduce harmful bacteria or other contaminants into the mouth, increasing the risk of infection.
■ Irritation and dryness
Vape aerosols can potentially cause irritation and dryness in the mouth, which can be uncomfortable and interfere with the healing process. The surgical area may be sensitive and delicate after wisdom teeth removal, and any additional irritation or dryness can potentially hinder the healing process.
■ Dislodging blood clots
Proper blood clot formation and retention in the surgical site is crucial for proper healing after wisdom teeth removal. The suction created during vaping can potentially dislodge the blood clot that forms in the surgical site, leading to complications such as dry socket.
Oral surgeons or dentists generally recommend abstaining from vaping or using any tobacco or nicotine products for at least 48 to 72 hours after wisdom teeth removal to promote optimal healing and reduce the risk of complications.
Flying after wisdom teeth removal
After undergoing wisdom teeth removal surgery, it’s important to follow the post-operative care instructions provided by your oral surgeon or dentist. These instructions are usually tailored to your specific case and are meant to promote healing and minimize the risk of complications. When it comes to flying after wisdom teeth removal, here are some general guidelines:
■ Follow the healing timeline
Wisdom teeth surgery typically involves a recovery period of several days to a week or more, depending on the complexity of the extraction. It’s important to adhere to the healing timeline provided by your oral surgeon or dentist before considering air travel. Rushing to fly before you are fully healed can increase the risk of complications such as dry sockets or infection.
■ Avoid air travel immediately after wisdom teeth removal!
It’s generally recommended to avoid air travel immediately after wisdom teeth removal surgery, especially within the first 24 to 48 hours. This is because changes in air pressure during flights, particularly during takeoff and landing, can cause discomfort, pain, or even bleeding in the surgical area, as well as increase the risk of developing dry sockets.
■ Wait for the swelling to subside
After wisdom teeth removal, it’s common to experience swelling and bruising in the face and jaw. Swelling can take several days to subside, and it’s important to wait until the swelling has gone down before considering air travel. Changes in air pressure during flights can exacerbate swelling, which can be uncomfortable and potentially harmful to the healing process.
■ Avoid strenuous activities
Avoid engaging in strenuous activities, including air travel, during the initial stages of recovery after wisdom teeth removal. This includes lifting heavy objects, vigorous exercise, or any other activity that can put strain on the surgical area. It’s important to allow your body to heal properly before engaging in any physically demanding activities, including air travel.
■ Follow your surgeon’s advice
Always follow the post-operative care instructions provided by your oral surgeon or dentist. They may have specific recommendations or restrictions based on your individual case, and it’s important to adhere to them to ensure proper healing and minimize complications.
It’s generally recommended to wait until you are fully healed and have received clearance from your oral surgeon or dentist before flying after wisdom teeth removal. Following the post-operative care instructions, avoiding air travel in the immediate aftermath of surgery, and allowing ample time for healing are essential to minimize the risk of complications and promote a smooth recovery. Always consult with your oral surgeon or dentist for personalized advice regarding flying after wisdom teeth removal.
If you have any more questions about wisdom teeth, feel free to contact us at Dentakay dental clinic.
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