Eleven Tips for Recovering After Wisdom Tooth Extractions

Posted on: 7 June 2017

Having your wisdom teeth pulled? While this is only a two or three hour-long procedure, plan on a two week recovery time. Don't risk infection or complications by trying to hasten your recovery; wisdom teeth surgery is a big deal.

Eleven tips to help you recover after you have your wisdom teeth extracted are:

1.Have a conversation. Make an appointment to talk to your dentist about what to expect before the day of your surgery. Also, do what your dentist tells you to do post-procedure.

2.Take some time off. Plan to take time off from work while recovering from your extractions. It is recommended that patients take at least 3-4 days off for the procedure.

3.Enlist help. Talk to friends and family to enlist some help while you are recovering. This might include someone to check in on you, grocery shop, or bring by a meal for the family. Don't brush off any offers to help you during your recovery.

4.Stock up on gauze. Use white cotton gauze to control bleeding, but make sure to remove it when sleeping. Change the gauze frequently; if you notice an excessive amount of blood, contact your dentist.

5.Rinse with salt water. Rinse with salt water five to six times a day. Add a teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm or tepid water.

6.Stay hydrated. Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water while recovering. You may not feel like drinking a lot when your mouth is uncomfortable, but it will help you in the long run.

7.Eat well. Watch what you eat when you are recovering. Skip the acidic or spicy foods, and try to eat clean for the first few days after your extractions.

8.Exercise your jaw. Practice opening and closing your mouth a few times per day. This will help the healing process and also prevents stiffness that can set in following an extraction.

9.Stay still. Try to rest and be still. Don't spend your recovery doing laundry, cooking meals, and puttering around the house; try to sit still, and allow your mouth to heal.

10.Sleep slightly upright. It is helpful to sleep propped up slightly, so that blood can drain properly.Use a pillow or two to raise your head and upper body when resting. 

11.Be gentle when brushing. Brush your teeth gently; don't be vigorous when brushing or rinsing after an extraction.

Use these tips for quick and successful recovery after you have your wisdom teeth extracted. Don't attempt to push the recommendations of your dental provider, or you risk infection, complication, and discomfort later.