10 Smart Tips for Wisdom Teeth Extraction Recovery

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Whether you’re getting one wisdom tooth or all four out, it is not a painless procedure. In order to ensure your recovery goes smooth, it is a good idea to prepare in advanced. These smart tips will ensure you go through a healthy and relatively comfortable recovery.

Tips for Wisdom Tooth Extraction Recovery

  1. Get It Done A.S.A.P.

    David K. Hiranaka, M.D., D.M.D.Here are some reasons it is imperative to remove wisdom teeth: “Wisdom teeth are often impacted - meaning they grow in sideways, partially emerge from the gum at an improper angle, or remain restricted beneath the gum line. Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to bacterial infections that cause patients great discomfort with swelling, stiffness, pain and even illness. They often times disrupt the natural or corrected alignment of your teeth. The most serious effect of impacted wisdom teeth left untreated is the development of tumors or cysts that grow around the impacted molar and cause severe damage to the jawbone and adjacent healthy teeth,” Kailua Kona, HI 's David K. Hiranaka, M.D., D.M.D said.

  2. Again, Get It Done Early

    We list this point twice, because it is so important to ensure the least painful recovery possible. The earlier you get it done, the shorter the recovery time!

  3. It is Only a Few Days

    At the most painful parts of your recovery remind yourself this period usually last three days. Believe it or not, the pain and discomfort will be over before you know it.

  4. Setup a Recover Station

    Have all of the materials you want and need ready before you go through with the procedure. Movies, food, pillows, etc. should be ready, because you aren’t going to feel like getting these after the procedure.

  5. Do NOT Smoke

    For the length of the recovery you should not smoke. The sucking motion can cause clotting that delays recovery. Also, the germs can cause an infection.

  6. Be Gentle

    Don’t chew, tongue, poke, or otherwise abuse the area of your mouth. Do everything extra gentle to not further irritate the area.

  7. Still Brush Your Teeth

    You should still brush your tongue and teeth during the length of your recovery.

  8. Prop Your Head Up

    Even when you are sleeping you’ll want your head elevated above your heart. Not doing so can prolong the bleeding.

  9. Rest

    Allow yourself the time to physically and mentally recovery from the procedure.

  10. Listen to Your Doctor’s Instructions

    This is one case where it is important to listen closely to doctor’s orders to ensure the best recovery.

Getting wisdom teeth out is not a fun experience. Take precaution and relax. Before you know it you’ll be back to your usual self. To find more information on wisdom teeth extraction, find a dentist in your area and get a consultation to learn more or ask a dentist your questions.


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Further Reading

  • While the economy is still pulling itself out of a recession, many Americans are holding off on cosmetic work including cosmetic dentistry procedures. Unlike some plastic surgery procedures that have low-cost alternatives, cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers and orthodontics come at a hefty price.

  • For the thousands of Americans  considering plastic or cosmetic surgery in 2010, procedure such as tummy tucks, breast implants and Botox treatments are surprisingly lower on the list than teeth whitening.

  • Dr. Nick Mohindra, a London dentist, has invented a plastic mouthguard called the Oralift that’s designed to help patients look younger by sculpting the facial tissues and increasing the strength of the jawline and facial muscles. The Oralift mouthguard is placed in a microwave to soften the plastic and then fitted to the lower teeth. The mouthguard helps to prevent the grinding of teeth and also helps to stretch the freeway space between the back teeth so that the facial muscles become stronger.