After Wisdom Teeth Removal
Las Vegas, NV
We work hard to ensure that every wisdom tooth removal is as fast and easy as possible. That is why we always go over all of your options beforehand, including whether you want localized anesthesia or full sedation. Either way, you should prepare for a ride home from our office and take a day or two after the procedure to recover. You can expect the removal itself to be relatively quick, typically under an hour, and it will usually be done by one of our expert oral surgeons here at Nevada Oral and Facial Surgery.
Recovering from Wisdom Tooth Removal
Because every patient is unique, every recovery process is unique too. After we remove your wisdom teeth, we will give you personalized aftercare instructions. But here are a few things you can keep in mind to better prepare.
Dealing with Pain and Swelling
After wisdom tooth extractions, pain and swelling are to be expected. The amount you experience often depends on your extraction. Pain can usually be managed with over the counter pain relievers. For more significant pain, we can provide a prescription for something stronger. Pain usually peaks three to four days after surgery and then begins to dissipate.
For swelling, ice can be used during the first 24 hours after your extractions. Ice helps to limit the amount of swelling you experience. Hold an ice pack, wrapped in a towel, on the cheek near your extraction site for 20 minutes then leave it off for 20 minutes. Repeat this as often as you feel necessary. Swelling peaks 48 to 72 hours after surgery. Beginning at 48 hours after surgery, moist heat can be used to reduce your swelling faster. Hold your heat source on your cheek for 15 minutes and then leave it off for 15 minutes. Repeat as needed.
Bleeding after Surgery
Bleeding is another common occurrence after wisdom tooth extractions. After your teeth are extracted, the surgical wounds are sutured closed, and gauze pads are placed over them to aid in the formation of clots. Gauze should be periodically replaced with fresh, moistened gauze. Apply light pressure to help hold the gauze in place and stop bleeding. Bleeding typically subsides within a couple of days.
The Importance of Resting
Rest is key to recovery. During the first 24 hours after your wisdom tooth extractions, you should limit yourself to sitting or lying down with your head elevated. During the first few days after your extractions, it is important that you limit your activities. Avoid heavy lifting, bending over, and other strenuous activities such as jogging and running. As you begin to feel better, you can slowly resume your normal activities.
Maintain a Soft Food Diet
After your wisdom tooth extractions, you may find it difficult to eat. A healthy, well-balanced diet is essential to help you heal properly. Maintaining a diet of soft foods can make eating easier. Avoid foods that are hard, crunchy, sticky, and chewy. As you begin to heal, you can slowly begin to incorporate other foods back into your diet. Take care to avoid spicy foods and straws as these can irritate the extraction sites.
Preventing Infections with Oral Hygiene
Oral hygiene is critical for reducing your risk for infections. During the first 24 hours after your extractions, do not rinse or spit. After this time, use a salt water solution several times a day to help eliminate bacteria. Brush and floss your teeth as normal, taking care around your extraction sites.
When to Call
After your extractions, we will provide you with aftercare instructions. These instructions are designed to ensure that no complications occur. However, if you experience any of the following, call the office immediately:
Following your aftercare instructions will help to ensure that you do not experience complications during your recovery period. If you have any questions or concerns, call Nevada Oral & Facial Surgery today at (702) 329-7554.