As we approach the early and mid twenties, we may experience some pain at the back of our mouths due to the aching of the wisdom teeth. This is when we start to question whether we have to undergo wisdom tooth surgery and seek some help from our dentist to deal with wisdom tooth removal recovery. As a first timer, you might be intimidated and worried about wisdom tooth pain, but fear not, for here are some tips and everything you need to embark on your wisdom tooth removal recovery journey.
About the wisdom tooth surgery
Wisdom teeth are the last set of teeth to grow and they surface at the back of the mouth from ages 17 to 25 and are usually spotted on X-rays. They usually grow when there is finally enough space in the mouth for them to surface. Now you may be wondering, why is there a need for surgery when it’s just a growth of a tooth? Well, the growth of wisdom teeth can create problems and wisdom tooth pain when they grow inwards, are blocked by other teeth or grow at a wrong angle. This is when wisdom tooth surgery comes in to deal with inflammation, throbbing and ache.
Wisdom tooth removal complication
Despite being a very common surgery that almost everyone has to experience, there are still chances and likely complications that may occur. Such complications include:
- Dry Socket
- Pain, Swelling & Restricted Mouth Opening
- Excessive Bleeding
These wisdom tooth removal complications may result in you being afraid to go forth with the wisdom tooth surgery and procedure. But here is where Dr Ryan and team step in to help and provide you with some tips on how to deal with these complications, to heal and recover well from your surgery.
Steps and tips for quick wisdom tooth removal recovery
1. Prevent dry socket
After the tooth extraction, the wound will immediately start to attempt to heal on its own, by forming a blood clot that will aid recovery. However, in some cases, the blood clot may not form or is dislodged before the wound is fully recovered, as it is very sensitive. This will result in intense and throbbing wisdom tooth pain as well as bad taste and smell coming from the empty tooth socket.
To cure and speed up the recovery of dry socket, you should:
- Gently rinse the wound with warm salt water
- Dress the wound with honey
- Drink anti-inflammatory tea
However, prevention is better than cure. In order to prevent a dry socket from happening, be sure not to do the following after your surgery:
- Sip through straws
- Aggressively spit or swish liquids in your mouth
- Drink soda or other carbonated beverages
2. Keep your head elevated
Keeping your head elevated can aid in the wisdom tooth removal recovery process as it prevents swelling and prevent any throbbing. This is because lying at a flat angle increases the amount of blood and the blood volume in the wound, which increases the ache and wisdom tooth pain.
3. Massage your mouth
Your mouth is held wide open for a continued amount of time during surgery, which can result in sore or cramped facial muscles. This is particularly the case for the muscles in your jaw that help you chew. It is important to massage these muscles post-surgery as it will help increase the rate of your wisdom tooth removal recovery as it releases some of the unnecessary numbness and tension in your jaw.
4. Control bleeding
After the surgery, it is common to notice some bleeding that may persist for a few days. It is advised to not smoke or do any strenuous exercises to prevent bleeding from being too excessive. However, if excessive bleeding and wisdom tooth pain is still persistent despite the use of gauze to prevent bleeding, you can choose to replace gauze with a damp tea bag after 12 hours. Tea bags help to encourage blood clotting and can reduce wisdom tooth pain.
Additionally, it is very important that you watch what you eat, sticking to a diet of liquid food instead of solid food and to rest as much as possible. It is common and understandable to see wisdom tooth removal surgery as something intimidating and scary. However, with the right dentist to put your mind at ease and carry out the procedure at your maximum comfort coupled with your discipline to curb the wisdom tooth removal complications, the procedure will definitely go smoothly.
Here at Vivid Dental Surgeons, we aim to educate and raise awareness for matters and issues regarding oral and dental hygiene. Especially during this COVID-19 period, we believe that it is highly essential that everyone maintains good oral hygiene and be safe. If you are interested in learning more, click here to read other related articles on our blog. Dr Ryan is also open to answering any questions you have regarding oral health matters, drop him a message here.
Dr Ryan and the Vivid Dental Team wishes everyone well and that you remain safe and virus-free!