Just like any other kind of surgery, oral surgery requires diligent care for a successful recovery. If you’ve had a wisdom tooth extracted, you can take certain steps to be sure your recovery is as quick and easy as possible.
Caring for Your Mouth After an Extraction
After your wisdom tooth is extracted, you’ll have a “socket” left behind where the tooth once rested. This socket takes some time to heal. Since wisdom teeth are relatively large, you should take special care to be sure the socket is kept clean and that bleeding is kept under control. In some cases, your dentist might use stitches to close the socket, but this depends upon how large the tooth was and whether or not it was impacted.
Your dentist will provide instructions on how to care for your mouth after your surgery. Some steps to take to ensure a smooth recovery include:
• Take medications as instructed, including antibiotics
• Do not use a straw
• Place an ice pack on your jaw to reduce swelling
• Avoid smoking
• Eat liquid or soft foods for the first few days
Following these instructions, as well as any instructions provided by your dentist, will help reduce discomfort, protect the healing area, and speed your recovery.
Avoiding Dry Socket
One complication that can develop after an extraction is called dry socket. The empty socket is protected by a clot that forms after the tooth is removed. This clot covers exposed nerves and bone in the jaw. If the clot is dislodged before healing is complete, the result is called dry socket.
Dry socket can be extremely uncomfortable and can slow the healing process. To prevent it from occurring, avoid drinking from a straw or touching the area where the tooth was removed. If you experience extreme discomfort when cold or hot water or even air touch the socket, be sure to see your dentist immediately for treatment.
For additional tips and to schedule your informative consultation, contact our skilled and dedicated dental team today. Call 972-264-5795 to schedule your visit.