When you make plans to have your wisdom teeth extracted, it’s best to plan for every scenario. While you may feel just fine after, you could find yourself needing some recovery time. Plan to take three or four days off from normal activities. You may find it uncomfortable to talk and eat, so plan to give your jaws a rest.
Prescribed painkillers may cause you to be drowsy so don’t plan to drive or operate machinery until you have completed your medication and it is out of your system.
Some tips for making the surgery easier would be to take ibuprofen before hand. This can help eliminate pain before it starts and also help the swelling. You can alternate between ibuprofen and prescribed medications, although it’s a good idea to check with your doctor.
If the pain persists after day five, you may be experiencing a dry socket. This occurs when the clot fails to form and the bone becomes exposed, causing pain and possible infection. This can delay healing by several weeks, so it’s important to contact your surgeon right away if you suspect a dry socket. If the doctor determines you have a dry socket, he will pack the area with gauze soaked in a medication. Be sure to contact the office if that does not relieve the pain, you may need an additional treatment of the packing.
You should remember, although it may seem minor, it is surgery of the mouth. The stitches should dissolve in about a week. Keeping firmly packed gauze over the area can help stop bleeding and allow a clot to form. Change the gauze often, and once the bleeding has stopped remove it. Be sure to notify the doctor if the bleeding is profound.
The doctor may prescribe antibiotics to take either before or after the surgery. They will remind you that you may stop the pain meds when you feel you don’t need them, however, be sure to take all of your antibiotics. If prescribed, it was done so to prevent or stop infection, so again a very important step in your healing process. Although seldom, a severe infection could actually lead to nerve damage of the mouth, lips, face or chin.
A clean mouth can make the likelihood of infection significantly less potential. Leading up to your surgery brush your teeth as normal and remember to floss,,this step,can make a big difference. It may help to rinse with warm salt water prior to surgery also, the cleaner the area the better.
Be sure to take all materials given to you at your appointment with you. While resting you may take some time to reach over your,surgeons advice instructions and suggestions. Again, discussing any questions with him prior to the surgery is important, and don’t hesitate to call the office afterwards if you have questions or concerns.
Once your surgery is over and you have started to heal you,should feel much better,,and be glad,that you took care of your wisdom teeth and the extraction. Some key points to remember are avoid a straw all together for 4-5 days, this should help to ensure you don’t get a dry socket. Allow the clot to form, don’t pick or pry at the area. Last of all, rinse with warm salt water will help fend off bacteria and aid in the healing process.
About the author – http://wisdomtoothpain.org