3 Tips For A Successful Recovery After Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Out

Getting your wisdom teeth out is a procedure that many of us have to go through. While the recovery from this procedure will likely never be something that is considered "fun", there are certain things that you can do to make the recovery at least a little bit better. This article will discuss 3 tips for a successful recovery after getting your wisdom teeth out. 

Use Gauze Often

When you first have your wisdom teeth removed, there is going to be a great deal of blood. In order to avoid having your mouth fill up with blood and getting sick, you need to use gauze. The dentist who removed your wisdom teeth will likely have given you an abundant amount of gauze to take home with you. You will want to use this gauze as often as necessary to avoid the taste of blood in your mouth, as well as the swallowing of too much blood. Replace the gauze as soon as it begins to be saturated with a blood/saliva mixture, which is going to be quite often at first. As the days pass, the bleeding will slow down substantially, but you will still want to make sure that you keep the gauze in until the bleeding has stopped entirely.

Do Not Chew With The Back Of Your Mouth

Even though you still have several teeth to chew with at the back of your mouth, do not use them. The reason for this is that the back of your mouth is a very sore place, as well as one that is more susceptible to infection. If you use your back teeth it may hit the area where your wisdom tooth was removed, causing you a great deal of pain. The food may also get trapped in the holes where your wisdom teeth are located, causing an infection in that area. To avoid having to chew much at all, simply eat or drink foods that you can mostly just suck down and swallow, such as milkshakes, soups, hot cereals, etc. 

Medicine is Your Friend

If you are feeling a great deal of pain after having your wisdom teeth removed, remember that it is okay to take medicine. Your dentist may prescribe you some pain medicine, or they may suggest that you take an over-the-counter pain reliever. This medicine will help to reduce the pain that you are feeling, as well as allowing your mouth to begin to heal itself. Just make sure that you are taking the appropriate amounts.

To learn more about wisdom teeth removal, contact a clinic like Campus Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery