Last week we talked about how the removal of wisdom teeth can be aided by sedation dentistry. This week Austin, TX dentist Dr. Goehring and his staff want to talk about what you can expect immediately after your wisdom teeth removal surgery and some fun things you can do while you are recovering.
After all, having your wisdom teeth removed may not be the funnest thing to do, but you can at least try and have some fun while you are layed up in bed and recovering for the next day or so.
What to Expect Right After Surgery
The truth is in most cases recovery time only lasts a few days. But due to the anesthetic that is used during the procedure, you can expect to be pretty out of it the first day and work on getting your bearings back the second day. This is a pretty universal rule of thumb with almost any surgical procedure.
That being said we have a few tips that might make the first and second day just a little easier for you.
- You will have a gauze pad in your mouth immediately after surgery. When you go home, bite VERY gently on this gauze pad from time to time to help alleviate any sort of itching or tingling. Make sure to change these gauze pads as they become soaked with blood. If you are still having bleeding after the first 24 hours then call your dentist.
- Resist the urge to touch your wounds or poke them with your tongue. Definitely do not touch them with your fingers. Also be careful not to bite your teeth and gums while they are still numb.
- Do not lie flat. Doing so can prolong bleeding. Prop yourself up on some pillows and try to sleep that way and rest that way as well while you are awake.
- Do not use straws for the first few days. The action of sucking may loosen a blood clot and delay healing.
- Relax! The only way you can heal is if you let yourself. So lay back and expect to have very little physical activity for the first two days or so.
What To Do While Healing
For many people, the idea of laying in bed all day and doing nothing can be a source for anxiety. For others, the thought of being in discomfort can be a little scary. This is why we have decided to come up with a short list of things you can do to help distract you from both the discomfort and the pain.
- Read a book! There is no time like when you are recovering from having your wisdom teeth pulled to get wrapped up in a good book. We suggest something along the lines of fantasy or science fiction because these two genres will take you far away from the real world and your current situation.
- Buy a subscription to Netflix or Hulu, or heck, both! There is no time like when you are recovery from a wisdom tooth extraction to go on shameless tv watching binge. Start a series, finish an entire season in one day, and don’t look back!
- But a pint of Ben and Jerry’s and eat it. Not only will it feel good on your mouth, but it’s easy to swallow. Ice cream is also the perfect companion for a TV watching binge.
We hope some of these suggestions help make your recovery time just a little more enjoyable. However, the fact still remains that recovery from a wisdom tooth extraction is pretty short. So whatever discomfort you may be in at first, rest assured that it will all be over relatively quickly.
Until next time readers, try to keep smiling.