Millions of people undergo surgery each year to remove their third molars and endure a grueling recovery period after doing so. If you are one of the unlucky ones who need this procedure done, rest assured that there are ways to feel better in the days immediately following the surgery. The best dental surgeons in the Mercer County, NJ area can be found here at Hamilton Dental Associates, and we are committed to helping your transition from the surgery chair to your living room chair go smoothly and comfortably. Here are some tips that will help you.
This is probably an obvious one for anyone who’s had oral procedures done in the past, but it is especially the case with wisdom teeth removal. In the first several days following the procedure, make sure that you are drinking plenty of fluids and eating “soft” foods that require little to no chewing. Your gums will also have a socket where your teeth originally were that will heal over time. Avoiding solid foods will keep this socket clear of particles that can irritate your gums.
Keep Your Mouth Moist
Dry mouth is common post-removal if not appropriately addressed. It can cause bacteria to build up and infect your gums, resulting in not only unnecessary pain but another trip back to the dentist. The best way to avoid dry mouth, in addition to liquids, is to restrict heavy breathing through your mouth as much as you can. Your socket can also dry out if anything interacts with the healing process. The most common cause of this is suction caused by straws, so avoid using them with your drinks. Keeping gauze pads on your socket to clot bleeding also helps.
Loosen Your Jaw
Mouth stiffness is an uncomfortable side effect of this procedure. While you want to avoid moving your jaw too much immediately after surgery, it is good to periodically open your mouth to keep your jaw loose. Ice is another way to help loosen your jaw, as well as keeping it from bruising and swelling. If ignored, the stiffness you’re feeling post-surgery could develop into a lingering issue.
Most importantly, take a deep breath and relax! Whether you’re an adult or a child, our dentists in the Mercer County, NJ area have everything under control. We guarantee that your procedure will be a smooth one. If you need to book an appointment for a procedure or a routine checkup, contact us, and we’ll have you feeling better in no time.