Every year, thousands of people in the United States have their wisdom teeth removed. There are a variety of reasons for removal, including infection, discomfort, crowding, cavities, and more. Wisdom teeth removal surgery often results in pain, discomfort, and swelling in the days following the surgery. The great news is that there are several options to alleviate pain following the procedure. Below are 4 tips for a better recovery following wisdom teeth removal surgery:

  1. Be careful with what you eat and drink after surgery

Immediately after surgery it is recommended that you start with liquids. After a couple days, you can slowly move to soft foods and then eventually move to solid foods. It is very important to avoid drinking out of straws to avoid dry sockets. Hot and spicy foods may also irritate the area.

  1. Make sure to get plenty of rest

Many people want to return to their normal routines immediately after surgery. With wisdom teeth removal surgery, you need to rest for a few days to heal properly. Exercising too soon can cause bleeding, swelling, and potentially lead to dry sockets.

  1. Rinse your mouth daily

You should rinse your mouth with salt water multiple times throughout the days following your surgery to clean the area. This should be done after every time you eat. You will experience less pain and swelling if you rinse often.

  1. Follow the instructions given to you by your dental professional

Your surgeon will give you a post-surgery plan that is tailored specifically to you and your health. Any recommended medicines or recovery plans should be followed in the days after surgery.

Are you considering wisdom teeth removal surgery? Contact the professionals at the Center for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery today for a consultation. We look forward to speaking with you soon!