A wisdom tooth extraction is a dental surgery that removes an entire tooth, including its roots from the mouth. While our oral surgeon will do everything possible to minimize invasiveness, patients will need to take our post-operative instructions very seriously so that they can enjoy an expedient recovery. Following your dental surgery, you will need to adopt a short-term liquid diet. Common foods you can enjoy in the liquid form include smoothies, pureed soups, broth, and juice. A few days after a liquid-only diet, you can graduate to a soft diet, which could consist of yogurt, steamed vegetables, and diced fruit.
How Can I Minimize Post-Surgical Discomfort?
After your wisdom teeth extraction, we will provide detailed instructions on ways you can manage and minimize discomfort. The first 24 hours following your surgery, you can utilize cold compresses. Placing cold compresses on the outside of your face can help reduce swelling. Reducing swelling will help with post-operative discomfort. You can also take over the counter pain medications like Tylenol and Advil, but only as directed. If we provide prescription medication to you, be sure to take your medication exactly as instructed.
What Is a Dry Socket and How Do I Prevent It?
Dry socket develops when the blood clot over the empty tooth socket is disturbed. The blood clot must stay intact so the wisdom teeth extraction site can heal properly. If the clot is disturbed, it can produce significant discomfort as well. Preventing dry socket means avoiding any food with sharp edges and not touching the extraction site with your tongue or fingers.
Will I Be Comfortable During My Procedure?
Our practice takes all necessary precautions to ensure that our guests are comfortable during treatment. When performing surgeries, we may utilize sedating and pain-relieving medication in addition to local anesthetics. This will help our patients remain comfortable and relaxed throughout their procedures.
If you have been referred to our practice by your dentist, call us today to reserve an appointment with one of our skilled oral surgeons.