The A-Z of Wisdom Teeth Removal Post-Op
We know going to the dentist can be scary and getting teeth removed can feel even more daunting. The good news is that having your wisdom teeth removed is a standard procedure, and we are here to ease your mind. This is the A to Z of everything you’ll need to know after surgery.
Non-solid foods are your friend.
Get cozy with your blanket on the couch or in your bed.
Try to lay low and relax to give your body time to heal.
Grab your dog to be your cuddle buddy.
If you get sick of TV, grab a book or play a game!F- Freezer. Keep ice cream fully stocked. It can be a great meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner. (Lucky you.)
Keep fresh gauze nearby to replace old gauze frequently while your mouth is still bleeding.H- Healing takes time. Don’t assume you will be 100 percent better the next day.
Your face may swell a few days after the surgery, putting ice on the affected area will help the swelling go down. J- Judge. Be a good judge of your pain level, and act accordingly with ice or medicine.
Be kind to your body and pay attention to what it needs.L- Less Talking. You may not be able to open your mouth as far as normal, which makes talking harder.
You will want your mom around, because let’s be real, who doesn’t want their mom when they feel under the weather?
While you are laying low, you have an excuse to binge-watch Netflix to your heart’s content.
to catch up on work! (From bed, of course.)
For the first few hours you want to remain upright to try to slow the bleeding down and allow clots to form. Use pillows to keep you propped up and comfy!
Q- Quick access
to your dentist or doctor’s phone number if you have questions.R- RX. Keep the medicine prescribed by your dentist nearby in the event you need something stronger than over-the-counter pain medicine.
While your mouth is still numb it is possible you will drool (cute, we know). Keep tissues nearby to wipe your face.
Only in your dreams while napping though.V- Vehicle. You won’t be able to drive home, so make sure you have other means of transportation.
You need to stay hydrated, so keep water around.
It’s important to take it easy with physical activity post-surgery so if you need to get moving we recommend only gentle yoga.
Z- Zero Straws!
Using a straw can pre-maturely pull out stiches and/or cause more bleeding.
You got this!