After Wisdom Tooth Removal

After wisdom teeth removal in Silver Spring, Md.

wisdom-teethIf you need to have your wisdom teeth removed, you can count on Dr. Allen Gotora and the staff at Stellar Dental to perform the procedure and get you back to your everyday routine.

Dr. Gotora will give you specific instructions to follow after the procedure, but here are some things to be aware of for the post-operative period.

 

Will I bleed after my wisdom teeth are removed?

Some bleeding the first day after surgery is normal. If you have excessive or severe bleeding that won’t stop, you should call Dr. Gotora right away. Dr. Gotora will place a gauze pad over the site to help control the bleeding immediately after the procedure. Keep slight pressure on the gauze for at least half an hour, so that the site has a chance to form a blood clot. After that time, replace the gauze or bite down on a moist tea bag if you are still seeing blood.

It is important that the site forms a blood clot that isn’t disturbed. For this reason, you should avoid using drinking straws and smoking. You should avoid alcohol and carbonated beverages as these can cause the blood clot to become dislodged, resulting in increased bleeding and painful dry socket.

 

When can I get back to my normal activities?

It is important that you get your rest after any oral surgery procedure. You should rest the day of the surgery and the next day, too. Then, it is all right to get back to your normal routine although you should avoid strenuous activities, such as intense exercise, for about a week after surgery.

 

What should I eat after my wisdom teeth are removed?

Even if you don’t feel very much like eating, it is important that you get adequate nutrition after oral surgery. Don’t skip meals! Eating will make you feel better and gain strength, and it will even make you heal faster. And, if you have been given pain medication, you shouldn’t take it on an empty stomach. For the first day after oral surgery, drink cold liquids. Hearty drinks, such as Ensure or Instant Breakfast can help to fill your stomach. After that, gradually introduce soft foods into your diet.

 

Will I be in a lot of pain after my wisdom teeth are removed?

Most patients report that the pain is mild to moderate after wisdom teeth removal. There is pain that last for the first 24 to 36 hours, but this should diminish after the third day. If you are in severe pain after 24 hours, you should call Dr. Gotora.

tooth-remedy2You may have some swelling after your teeth are removed. Make sure that when you are lying down, you lie with your head slightly elevated to reduce swelling. For the first day, you should use an ice pack to keep the swelling down. Apply it to the cheek for 20 minutes, and then remove it for 20 minutes. After the first day, it is all right to use heat to bring swelling down. Use a heating pad or moist heat for 20 to 30 minutes at a time.

If your swelling persists after several days, call Dr. Gotora.

Your dentist may advise you to use an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as ibuprofen for pain. If he gives you a prescription pain medication, you should start taking it before the anesthetic wears off and discomfort starts. Don’t take this medication on an empty stomach. If you haven’t eaten lately, at least take it with some fruit juice or a full glass of water.

You shouldn’t take aspirin for pain as it can interfere with your blood’s ability to clot. You should even avoid aspirin for a week before your surgery.

 

How do I take care of my oral health after my wisdom teeth are removed?

Right after your teeth are removed, brushing and flossing is probably going to be the last thing on your mind! However, it is important, as always, to keep your teeth clean. Brush and floss your other teeth as you always do. Avoid strenuous brushing around the surgery site for a week after your teeth have been removed. After that week, try to gently brush around the site with a soft toothbrush.

Dr. Gotora may prescribe an antibiotic oral rinse to help kill any bacteria around the surgery site. When you rinse your mouth, make sure to do it gently. If you need your wisdom teeth removed, Stellar Dental has two convenient locations. There is one in Silver Spring and one in Hyattsville. Call and make an appointment today and feel free to call if you have any questions about your wisdom teeth removal or how to take care of yourself after the procedure. The number is (301) 754-1900.