How to Recover Quickly From Wisdom Teeth Removal

699px-Weisheitszähne-1Because getting wisdom teeth extracted is a surgical procedure, it’s very important to take good care of yourself afterwards. Here are some tips for how to make your recovery process as simple and as fast as possible:

Stick to a soft food and liquid diet. Eat soft foods and drink cool liquids for the first day. Avoid hot and spicy drinks or food, so you do not irritate your mouth.

Take it easy. You should rest as much as possible immediately following your surgery and if you decide to lie down, make sure your head is kept elevated by pillows for the first night after surgery.

Ice up! Put an ice pack on your cheek for the first day for fifteen minutes at a time. This will help keep the swelling down, so you don’t get the infamous chipmunk cheeks!

Rinse out your mouth. But not for the first 24 hours! On the second and third day of recovery, rinse with warm salt water about 4 times a day to help reduce swelling. Make sure you rinse after meals so that no food gets stuck in the extraction site.

Don’t poke at the extraction site. As tempting as it may be, keep your tongue and fingers away from where your wisdom teeth were removed.

Control the bleeding. Your oral surgeon will give you instructions on how to do this, but hold gauze with firm pressure on the area. If the bleeding is heavy, call your oral surgeon.

Take the prescribed painkillers as instructed. Prescribed medication for pain will make you drowsy, so do not drink or drive while you’re on this medication.

Follow after surgery protocol. Avoid straws, spitting or smoking after surgery.