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Post-Op Wisdom Teeth Removal Care

Teenage girl smiles in a yellow field after recovering from her wisdom teeth removal surgery at Summit Family Dentistry

When it comes to wisdom teeth removal, it’s important for each patient to prepare for the procedure by learning beforehand how to care for their teeth during their recovery. Read on for tips to promote a healthy recovery and to reduce your risk for complications.

What to Know About Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the third molars that typically erupt in the late adolescent years or early adulthood of a patient’s life. Because they arrive when you have more wisdom and experience than in your youth, they are called “wisdom teeth”. Unfortunately, they can cause pain and crowding of the teeth, so it is often recommended they be removed for the protection of your oral health.

How to Prepare for Wisdom Teeth Removal

If you know your wisdom teeth have come in, or suspect they are about to, the first step is to schedule a consultation at our office so we can discuss whether they need to be removed. To prepare for your surgery, you’ll need to arrange a ride to and from your treatment because sedation will make it dangerous to drive. We also recommend preparing by grocery shopping. For your recovery, you’ll want to stay hydrated with water and consume a variety of soft, nutritious foods like smoothies, eggs, pudding, yogurt, mashed bananas, applesauce, and pureed soups.

Post-Op Care

Keep in mind that you’ll not only need help getting home, but you may need some assistance the first couple of days after your wisdom teeth extraction. These days need to be set aside for resting, so avoid vigorous physical activity. Eat soft foods, drink plenty of water, and take pain medication as prescribed. Keep your mouth clean by following our oral hygiene instructions we give you at your appointment. And for several days, avoid alcohol, tobacco products, carbonated beverages, drinking through a straw, and vigorous rinsing, swishing, and spitting.

Complications That Can Arise

Dry sockets and infection are the most common complications that can arise from wisdom teeth removal surgery. This is why we give explicit instructions for how to care for your mouth post-op. Using straws or tobacco products, vigorously rinsing your mouth, or failing to properly clean the area can lead to problems. Be sure to call our office if you feel feverish, are in severe pain, or if your oral bleeding won’t cease. We are available and want to make sure you return to full health as soon as possible.

Wisdom Teeth Removal in Littleton, CO

Do you have any additional questions about wisdom teeth removal? Or would you like to schedule a consultation at our dental office for their extraction? Contact us today!

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