Proper preventive measure should be taken before and after surgery in order to avoid infections. The surgical removal of the wisdom teeth is a minor procedure that lasts for about 20-60 minutes depending on the complexity of the condition. Though minor, this procedure is a serious surgical process.
Unnecessary pain, infections, complications, and swelling may arise if proper care is not taken. It is very normal for the teeth to bleed, swell and pain after surgery. There are certain things that can be done to reduce the infections, swelling and pain.
The following wisdom teeth removal post-operative instructions would be helpful in minimizing the complications ensuring prompt recovery:
1. Right after the surgery you will be made to bite on the gauze. The gauze pad should be placed without moving from the area for about half an hour. Change the pad after every 30 minutes. Once the gauze pad is removed, do not reuse it.
2. Do not rinse your mouth for the next twenty four hours as it may initiate bleeding. Also avoid touching the area frequently.
3. To reduce the swelling applying a cold ice pack and putting pressure on the area would be helpful. However, never use hot compress as it may aggravate the swelling.
4. You can also use wet tea bags. Squeeze out the water from the tea bag, place it over the extraction area and bite on it. The tanning acid will be helpful in constricting the tiny blood vessels.
5. After 24 hours you can rinse your mouth with warm salt water. The warmer the water the better it is.
6. Drink as much as you can because fluid is the best diet in such a condition. Avoid chewing until the next day of the surgery. You can start with the solid food when you find it comfortable.
7. Avoid drinking liquor, hot water and smoking for the next couple of weeks.
8. Follow your doctor’s instruction and do not miss out your prescribed medications.
9. Do not sip or suck through a straw as it may most likely result to a dry socket due to the dislodging of the blood clot.
10. Avoid spitting vigorously and do not suck candies or mints. To prevent any blood spots place a towel on your pillow.
It is normal to bleed overnight after surgery. However, it should not be severe and if you suffer from prolonged bleeding then call the doctor right away. Avoid doing strenuous activity for the next 24 hours. The first 6-8 hours after the surgery is the worst period to deal with the pain though, it can be managed with ice packs. It is normal to notice little swelling and experience some discomfort.
Yet, watch out for any unusual bleeding, swelling or pains.
Read on to know more about pre-operative guidelines for tooth removal and the symptoms of tooth removal and get rid of the hell-like painful experience forever. As proper awareness about your health leads to a healthy living.