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Wisdom Teeth Extraction: What to Expect During the Recovery Process


pexels-photo-57862-300x194Are you having your wisdom teeth removed? Having your wisdom teeth extracted is a great investment in your quality of life and oral health. Wisdom teeth (third molars) are associated with a number of oral health issues when they are retained. This is because they typically do not erupt like other teeth because they do not have the room to come through the gums upright. Instead, third molars become impacted and therefore very susceptible to oral disease. While having your wisdom teeth removed is great for preserving your oral health, there are some short-term changes you will have to make while you recover. Following is a helpful rundown of what to expect after treatment.

Dietary Changes

Following your procedure, you will need to adopt a liquid diet and then graduate to soft foods. Liquids and soft foods will prevent you from irritating the extraction site while also helping you to avoid discomfort from oral function. Acceptable liquids include smoothies, juices, pureed soups, and broths. Ice cream, steamed soft vegetables, and mashed potatoes are great choices for soft food.

Managing Discomfort

You will experience some discomfort and swelling after your surgery. It is important to manage discomfort exactly as recommended by our oral surgeon. Your post-operative instruction packet along with any prescribed medication will have directions for how frequently you should take medications and their proper dose. The day of and after surgery, you can manage swelling with cold compresses to the outside of your face.

Preventing Dry Socket

Dry socket occurs when the blood clot over the extraction site is disturbed. The formation of a clot is essential to the healing process. If the clot is disturbed, a person will experience discomfort and not heal as they should. You should follow dietary instructions closely and avoid touching the extraction site with your finger or tongue to prevent dry socket.

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