Recovery Tips After Wisdom Teeth Extraction

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How you take care of yourself after wisdom teeth extraction can make all the difference in your recovery. Here’s a list of recovery tips that you can use after you get your wisdom teeth removal:

  • During the first 24 hours after wisdom teeth removal, avoid strenuous activities that could promote bleeding from the extraction site. Strenuous cardiovascular exercise can affect healing by slowing down the blood clot retention in the wisdom teeth extraction site.
  • If you had sedatives during your wisdom teeth removal, make sure you have an adult companion in the first 5 hours post dental surgery. You may need assistance with some of your daily tasks until the sedatives wear off.
  • Follow the home medications prescribed by your dentist and stay ahead of pain, discomfort, and swelling.
  • Do not drive, operate any equipment and avoid drinking alcohol for 24 hours after sedation dentistry.
  • Make sure you take your pain medications while you are still numb to prevent experiencing discomfort.
  • Bleeding is common after eating or drinking, but significant amount of blood from the extraction site warrants attention. Apply gauze pads over the site and bite firmly for at least 30 minutes. If bleeding persists, go to your dentist as soon as possible.
  • Apply cold packs for the first 24 hours to reduce swelling and discomfort.
  • Do not brush, spit or rinse 24 hours post-op. You can only clean with soft bristle toothbrush two days after the operation.
  • Rinse your mouth with warm water on day two. Continue the rinsing procedure after every meal and before bedtime. Use warm water with salt for flushing.
  • Do not smoke until the extraction site completely heals. Smoking can contribute to dental complications and slow down the recovery period.

Before any dental procedure, our dental team in Cornwall will prepare you with before and after-care. If you want to learn more about wisdom teeth removal, kindly contact us at Smiles First in Cornwall, Ontario. We look forward to taking care of you and your smile!

– The Smiles First Cornwall Team

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