Most people choose to have their wisdom teeth extracted at some point in adolescence after all their permanent teeth have replaced their primary teeth. A wisdom tooth extraction is a form or oral surgery, as such it can tax your physical resources.
Dr. Chris Houser offers a few basic tips to help you recover from wisdom tooth extraction without complications.
During the recovery process, you will need to eat a soft foods diet. This includes foods like applesauce, mashed potatoes and yogurt. Proper hydration is also important. Be sure to drink plenty of lukewarm liquids without using a straw. A straw’s suction can harm the incisions or pull blood clots loose, leading to dry sockets.
You should expect that the incisions will develop minor bleeding for a few days after the procedure. When this happens, you can lightly pack the area with sterile gauze. Once the bleeding stops, you should rinse your mouth gently with lukewarm salt water to cleanse the area of residual blood and soothe any irritation in the gums.
If you have additional questions about how to have a speedy recovery from wisdom tooth extraction, you can always call Dr. Chris Houser’s office in Gainesville, Virginia at 703.754.5800 to ask a question.