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Post-Wisdom Teeth Extraction: Recovery and Care Guidelines

At Portland Oral Surgery, we pride ourselves on providing exceptional oral healthcare services. Specializing in a variety of complex surgeries, such as wisdom teeth extraction, oral surgery and dental implants have always been our main focus. Wisdom teeth extraction is a common procedure carried out on many patients due to various reasons, ranging from impaction to oral discomfort.

In this article, we aim to provide detailed insight into what you should expect post-wisdom teeth extraction. A significant part of successfully recovering from wisdom teeth extraction hinges on proper care. Following recommended Post-Wisdom Teeth Extraction Care guidelines will play a substantial role in ensuring you have a smooth recovery process.

The First Few Hours After Surgery

Wisdom teeth extraction is a surgical procedure, which means your body needs time to heal. In the first few hours following surgery:

  • Expect some bleeding: Post-surgery bleeding is normal and should subside after several hours.
  • Rest: Ensure you get enough rest to help your body start the healing process. Take time off from work or school if need be.
  • Follow your surgeon’s advice: The best information on what to do immediately following surgery will come from your oral surgeon who knows the specifics of your case.

Post-Wisdom Teeth Extraction Care: The First Few Days

The following are key steps you should take in the days following your teeth extraction:

Manage Swelling and Pain

  • Apply an ice pack to the face to prevent swelling or bruising.
  • Take prescribed pain medication following your oral surgeon’s instructions.
  • Contact your oral surgeon if pain continues or worsens.

Keep the Wound Clean

  • Gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water after meals to keep food particles away from the extraction site.
  • Avoid smoking or alcohol, as these can interfere with the healing process.

Maintenance of Your Oral Hygiene

  • Stick to your oral hygiene routine, but avoid brushing the surgical site directly.

Control Bleeding

  • Continue to replace the gauze over the surgical site as directed by your oral surgeon to manage bleeding.

Watch Your Diet

  • Avoid hard and spicy foods that can disturb the surgical site.
  • Stick to soft foods and liquids.
  • Stay hydrated but avoid using a straw as it can dislodge the clot at the extraction site, leading to dry socket, a painful condition.

Follow up with Your Oral Surgeon

Usually, a follow-up appointment is scheduled a week after your surgery. This appointment gives your oral surgeon an opportunity to assess your healing process and address any concerns.

Complications to Watch Out For

While complications are rare, they can occur. Be on the lookout for:

  • Increasing pain or swelling after 3-4 days
  • Persistent bleeding
  • Persistent fever
  • Signs of infection such as pus or increasing pain at the extraction site.

Immediately contact your oral surgeon if you suspect any complications.

At Portland Oral Surgery, we want to make sure your experience with wisdom teeth extraction is as comfortable as possible. Once the extraction process is done, it’s important to follow these Post-Wisdom Teeth Extraction Care guidelines for a smooth and quick recovery.

Remember: the key to a successful recovery is adherence to post-surgical care guidelines, rest, and maintaining oral hygiene. Don’t hesitate to call us if you have any questions. Our team is always ready to help and guide you through this journey.