Wisdom teeth removal is a necessary evil for many of us, and though it is an important step to take it can be quite painful and uncomfortable and cause a lot of bruising. This is normal and should be expected – after all you have had teeth pulled out of your gums along with the nerve – but there are some ways to reduce the pain after the procedure and to prevent various problems that could cause you further pain, and to help ease the pain and speed up recovery.
Here are some tips that can help you to avoid unnecessary pain or complications:
Book the Appointment on a Good Day
Don't book your appointment right before a big meeting or a family gathering. This will mean you have to talk a lot and eat to be sociable and all of this will be very painful for your wisdom teeth. Rather, organize your operation for a time where you can rest and recuperate on the following days – such as on a Friday or a bank holiday.
You will need to eat soft foods for a while and that means things like chicken soup, tinned peaches and pears, yogurt, rice pudding, ice cream, soft cheese, banana etc. Make sure you buy these before your operation so that you have them all ready when you need them and don't have to face a trip to the shops.
Follow the Dentist's Instructions
Your dentist will have given you several directions for how to look after your teeth and speed up recovery. For instance they may have recommended gargling with a saline solution in order to prevent infection. It is very important that you follow this advice exactly as you were given it in order to prevent unnecessary complications.
Leave the Gauze
The gauze should be left on for at least the first 30 minutes to act as a band-aid and to encourage clotting. Avoid spitting out blood or water at this time as this requires you to change the pressure in your mouth which can prevent the clotting.
Remaining upright will help prevent swelling by keeping the wound above the heart rather than allowing the blood to flow there and collect easily. Fortunately the head is normally kept above the heart anyway, but you should also sleep with your head propped up on extra pillows to prevent swelling during the night.
You should speak to your doctor about which painkillers will be suitable and when it is safe to start taking them (you don't want them to interact with anesthetic the dentist may have used). Take these regularly and you should be able to minimize the pain.
Use a Cold Compress
A cold compress may help you to reduce swelling in the first 24 hours. Subsequently it may help to reduce pain.
Drink Lots of Water
This will help to prevent a build up of bacteria and prevent your mouth from becoming too dry. Hydrating yourself is also always important as a way to help your body heal wounds and fight infections.