For many people, oral surgery usually occurs in their dentist’s centre. Depending on the pain relief your oral surgeon used for your surgery, you might even drive yourself home following your procedure.
While oral surgery doesn’t require an overnight stay, you must stick to the post-surgery care plan provided by your dentist. Following your oral surgeon’s post-surgery instructions is essential to ensure proper healing and prevent complications.
Read on to learn more about how to care for your teeth and recover well from wisdom tooth extraction.
Follow your post-oral surgery instructions
Sticking to your recovery plan will produce the best outcome, as with any surgery. Ensure you follow everything to a ‘t.’
Rest: your body needs time to recover
If you can, arrange to have the day off work so when you arrive home you can lie down. Prop your head up with pillows to promote proper blood flow to your head, reduce swelling of your mouth and face, and avoid excessive bleeding post oral surgery.
Grab an ice pack
Applying an ice pack to your face throughout the day can reduce swelling. Most oral surgeons recommend you alternate 15 minutes on with 15 minutes off.
Take your medication
Most medication is to prevent pain before you notice it, so stick to the schedule set by your dentist.
Eat soft foods
Once your gums are no longer bleeding, you can try to eat some soft foods. We recommend consuming only liquids or soft foods (soups, yoghurts, mashed potatoes, etc.) for the first day or two after oral surgery.
Keep your mouth clean
After the first 24 hours, you can start rinsing your mouth (four times a day) with warm salt water to remove any food debris.
Things to avoid after dental surgery
- Exercising: you need to rest and recover and avoid heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for the first few days after oral surgery.
- Hot foods or drinks: having hot food or drink while your mouth is still numb from surgery can lead to burns. Stick to lukewarm or chilled food and drinks until all feeling is back.
- Don’t brush or floss: avoid brushing and flossing the surgical area until your dentist tells you to do so.
- Smoking: if you’re a smoker, it’s best to wait at least 24 hours after surgery before lighting up.
- Alcohol: while it can be tempting to want to relax with an alcoholic beverage after surgery, avoid alcohol for at least 24 hours. Alcohol can interfere with the healing process and affect your medication’s potency.
Why choose Aardent Dental Centre?
Wisdom teeth extraction can be a daunting process. Aardent Dental Centre has been providing carefully tailored dental solutions to Perth families in Victoria Park, South Perth, and surrounding areas for over 30 years.