Following are the instructions which need to be followed by patients to avoid the complications after extraction of wisdom teeth and for faster healing.
Rest - Try to take some rest. You may feel great but don’t exercise at least for a day. When taking rest, keep your head lifted on a pillow
Do Not Chew from Extraction Side - Chewing of food from the side of extraction should be avoided as this can irritate the extraction wound which can cause bleeding and dislodgement of the clot and the infection. It is instructed to take liquid or semisolid diet.
Spitting - Do not spit for minimum for 24 hours because it can dislodge the clot. If the clot is dislodged you can have very painful condition known as dry socket. Afterwards one should spit 3-4 times in a day so that no food is lodged near the area where the tooth is removed.
No Smoking for 48 Hours – In smoking sucking action is involved and this can cause the dislodgement of the clot and can be the major cause of the dry socket which is a very painful condition.
No Sucking - Avoid sucking of any type. Do not drink anything with straw for 48 hours.
Avoid Eating Hard Foods - Try taking soft and liquid food options such as soups, mashed potatoes, yogurts, milkshakes, smoothies etc. Avoid hot drinks, spicy foods, sodas, etc. Remember to take plenty of fluids.
Brushing - It is advised not to brush your teeth for the first 8 hours after surgery. After that one may brush one’s teeth but very gently, avoiding the area of surgery.
Warm Saline Rinses & Mouth Wash - Use of any kind of mouth washes or rinses should be done for first 24 hours as it can cause the dislodgement of the clot which is very essential for the proper healing of the extraction socket. After 24 hours one can use warm saline rinses or the mild antiseptic mouth wash as prescribed by the dentist. Warm saline rinses and mouthwash should be done gently and not vigorously.
Take your medicines as prescribed by your dentist. Don’t skip the medicines. If antibiotics are prescribed then they should be taken regularly. Pain killers and anti-inflammatory drugs help in reducing the pain and swelling.
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