Tips for a Fast Recovery After Wisdom Tooth Removal

Tips for a Fast Recovery After Wisdom Tooth Removal

You’ve likely heard the occasional horror story about someone’s awful experience with wisdom teeth removal.

Wisdom teeth—y’know, that pesky third set of molars which seem to possess a will and agenda of their own—have attained a sort of biological superfluousness in modern times, sometimes causing more trouble than whatever little they’re worth. We don’t need them for “adequate” chewing, and we sure don’t need dental crises of any kind. -And so, it’s become increasingly common for folks to opt for their surgical extraction, whether as a preventative or corrective measure.

You’ve likely heard the occasional horror story about someone’s awful experience with the procedure, but don’t be deterred!: with proper post-operative care, complications are by-and-large avoidable—and fully within your control.

Read along below for some of best tips on recovering quickly and comfortably.  

  1. Redzone Defense

Bleeding is a natural part of the recovery process after any type of tooth extraction. However, excessive bleeding can cause complications, obviously. An easy and reliable trick for keeping that particular tide at bay is to give the ol’ mouth a rinse then gently bite down on some gauze. Be sure to avoid any vigorous activity for a few days after the extraction, as this will minimize the potential for excess bleeding.

  1. Medication Dedication

Your dentist will prescribe painkillers and anti-inflammatory medication to help manage the swelling and soreness that may follow after the extraction. Be diligent about taking any and all meds on schedule, strictly following the instructions for your prescription. 

  1. Thank You for Not Smoking 

Tobacco can slow down the healing process and increase the risk of developing a dry socket, a painful complication that occurs when the extraction site’s blood clot is displaced. Sooo, it’s imperative to avoid tobacco products entirely during your convalescence: no chewing, no smoking, no vaping. Your body will appreciate it.

  1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Hydration is essential for an ideal recovery. You should drink plenty of water and, if you’re so inclined, natural fruit juices to keep your body happily H2Oed. It’s best to avoid using a straw (i.e., a potential pokey-stick) and drinking caffeinated or carbonated beverages for at least 24 hours after your extraction.

  1. Rest Up!

Quality rest is crucial to any healing process. You should avoid heavy exercise while recovering, as well as any activity that might put a strain on the extraction site. Resting works wonders to reduce swelling and curb inflammation. Grab a good book, pick your next binge watch, and take it easy, friend! You deserve it. Just make sure to keep your head propped up with pillows.

Getting your wisdom teeth taken out can be an uncomfortable experience, but certainly doesn’t have to be the fodder for your own dental horror story. With these tips, you can avoid complications, speed up the recovery process, and get back to your normal routine lickety-split. [Please note that the author is ethically (and, in a perfect world, legally) prohibited from concluding this post with a quip about the “wisdom” in following the advice it contains.]

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