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By Dr. S. Clint Hudson
June 13, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: wisdom teeth  

Wisdom tooth removal is one of the most popular dental surgeries available. In fact, about 85% of people have their wisdom teeth removed. However, this necessary procedure comes with several days of recovery time. Learn how to care for your mouth after wisdom teeth surgery with help from your Huntsville, AL oral surgeon, Dr. S. Clint Hudson.Wisdom Teeth

Taking Care of Your Mouth After Wisdom Tooth Surgery
What to expect: 
The healing time after wisdom tooth surgery is usually about 4 days, but can take up to a week. After your wisdom teeth removal surgery, you will probably experience some pain and swelling. In some cases, the sockets from which your teeth were removed may also bleed. For the first few days, you should avoid solid foods, focusing on maintaining a soft foods diet and avoiding hot beverages like coffee or tea. Foods like yogurt, apple sauce and cottage cheese are great options for your first few days of recovery. You should also avoid brushing your teeth for the first 24 hours after surgery. After the first day, gently brush your teeth and use salt water rinses to help your mouth heal. A large part of the healing process involves the blood clot which forms in the wisdom teeth’s sockets. It is important not to dislodge this clot by eating hard foods before you are ready.

How to ease the recovery process: You should try to rest for a few days after surgery, minimizing your normal daily activities for at least 24 hours. You will likely receive a prescription for medication to help ease pain during your recovery time. Be sure to only take your prescription according to its instructions. To help bring down swelling, you may use an ice pack applied to the jaw to reduce inflammation.

The length and complexity of your recovery depend on you and your teeth. Surgery to remove severely impacted wisdom teeth may take longer to heal than surgery to simply extract teeth which have grown normally. Your Huntsville oral surgeon can help you determine which recovery options are best for you.

For more information on wisdom teeth surgery, please contact Dr. S. Clint Hudson in Huntsville, AL. Call (256) 533-1282 to schedule your appointment today!