Even though the name basically states that you will lose your wisdom with this surgery, that luckily isn’t the case. In fact, it’s safe to say that by getting your wisdom teeth removed, you will actually be a bit wiser. If left in your mouth, wisdom teeth can cause overcrowding and even extreme pain. Luckily, here at Elm Dental, Dr. Nik Zalavadia can remove your wisdom teeth so that you won’t have to worry about them causing any oral issues. To help you have a smoother surgery and recovery, we have created a brief guide with three help tips you can use. Read on to learn more.
Watch the Bleeding
One of the best tips that we give our patients when they are recovering from wisdom tooth removal is to watch the bleeding. A little bit of bleeding is normal immediately after surgery but it should subside after 24 hours. As recommended, make sure to switch out your gauze every few hours so that you can keep your mouth clean and keep a close eye on the bleeding. If the bleeding isn’t easing up after 24 hours, contact our office.
Eat Soft Foods
Your jaw and mouth will be really sore for a few days after you have surgery. We recommend that you only eat soft foods like pudding, soup, jello, ice cream, yogurt, smoothies, mashed potatoes, and anything else that has a soft, smooth consistency.
Don’t Use a Straw
One of the biggest things you should avoid during recovery is using a straw. The sucking motion and pressure that you place on your mouth when using a straw can cause dry-sockets to form— leaving you in pain and at risk of infection.
When you are sent home from Elm Dental after your wisdom teeth extraction, you will have a packet that includes things to do and things not to do. If you have any questions or concerns at any time in the recovery, contact Dr. Nik Zalavadia right away.