Advice for Post-Wisdom Tooth Extraction – John T. Bowman, DMD, MD – Boca Raton Oral Surgeon
The days following wisdom teeth extraction
are important for healing, which can require special care. Most importantly, patients should follow the instructions of their oral surgeon, which are designed to maximize comfort. Following diet, medication, and care guidelines helps patients avoid issues such as dry socket, persistent bleeding, and infection. Our advice allows patients to make more informed decisions about at-home care post wisdom teeth removal
Practice Gentle Hygiene
Preventing infection relies on careful oral hygiene after wisdom tooth extraction. Rinse with salt water after meals, but do so gently. Patients should brush their teeth normally, but doing so too vigorously may increase discomfort. On the extraction site, use a cotton swap to clean the area, but be careful not to dislodge the clot. If prescribed Peridex oral rinse, use after breakfast and dinner for seven days after extraction.
Implement a Soft Food Diet
Patients should choose nutritious foods cooked for optimal mealtimes while healing. Patients should avoid foods that require chewing or that are too hot. Drink plenty of water and fluids to stay hydrated throughout the healing process to promote healing. As oral comfort improves, more solid foods can be introduced into your diet.
Follow Directions for Medication
If prescribed, antibiotics should be taken as directed until all the pills are gone. Pain medication should be administered as needed, especially when discomfort increases. Feeling drowsy or out of sorts is normal while on pain medication, but patients should avoid activity such as driving, operating machinery, or working out. Do not consume alcohol while taking medication, as it can cause serious harm.
Dealing with Dry Tooth Socket
Dry tooth socket can cause extreme discomfort after extraction and occurs. When the blood clot is dislodged, exposing bone and tissue beneath can be exposed, which leaves the area extremely sensitive. This problem can be exacerbated if the area becomes infected. The discomfort can be managed with the prescribed pain medication, but if problems persist, call Dr. Bowman.
Contact our Boca Raton Oral Surgeon for Wisdom Tooth Care Contact us
immediately if you are experiencing issues during the post-extraction healing process. Our friendly and knowledgeable team can answer questions, provide solutions to concerns, or schedule an appointment for ongoing issues. Patients who have not had wisdom teeth removed should ask their general dentist to provide a thorough examination, and request a referral
to Dr. Bowman’s practice. We take on all wisdom tooth extraction cases and provide a solution to dental discomfort.