Wisdom tooth extraction is something no one wants to experience, especially during the holiday season. However, there is no denying that this is something that impacts a lot of people, and there is no telling when your wisdom teeth are going to cause problems. If you have had your wisdom teeth extracted, you can still enjoy the holiday period. Read on to discover how.
Recovery tips after wisdom tooth extraction
Let’s begin by taking a look at some of the different things you can do to ensure that your wisdom tooth extraction and the recovery period go as smoothly as possible. This includes the following:
- Plan ahead – The first thing to do is make sure that you plan ahead. Preparing for your recovery before your surgery is always advisable. Speak to your dentist about what to expect. There are always going to be general guidelines about recovery from specific dental conditions, however, everyone’s teeth are different and so your dentist may be able to provide you with some helpful advice relating to your teeth specifically. If your dentist provides you with a leaflet or checklist, make sure you read this in advance so that you can ask any questions you may have.
- Rest as much as you can – This is one thing that we all like to do during the festive season. Hopefully, you are going to have a bit more time off work, and so you can take things slowly, watch some Christmas films, and recovery fully. While it can be tempting to rush to your normal life as quickly as possible, you need to take things slowly for the sake of your long-term recovery. So, make the most of this opportunity and send your partner out to do the Christmas shopping instead. It is a good idea to rest as much as possible, with your head elevated by pillows. Avoid exercising for at least a day. For heavy lifting or any strenuous exercise, you are going to need to wait a few days.
- Oral healthcare tips – There are a few things you can do to aid your recovery in this regard. This includes controlling the bleeding with a gauze and tea bags. Your oral surgeon will tell you that, in order to reduce bleeding, you should gently bite down on a piece of gauze. Think about switching to a damp tea bag after 12 hours. This is a good idea because tea leaves can help to reduce pain. In addition to this, the day after you have had your wisdom teeth removed, you should rinse your mouth out with a mixture of warm water and salt. Do this for a few times each day, especially after you have drank or eaten something. This will help you to lower pain and swelling. In addition to this, you should open your mouth after your surgery. While you won’t feel like you want to do this, it is vital to do so to ease the stiffness you may be experiencing. Of course, when you first open your mouth after surgery, make sure you do this in a gentle and slow manner.
Food you can still enjoy during the holiday season
There is no denying that good food is one of the highlights of the festive season. You may be concerned that this is something you are going to need to miss out on because of your wisdom tooth surgery. However, this is not the case. For the first day or two, you are advised to only eat soft foods and liquids, like ice cream and yogurt. You can then start to introduce other foods back into your diet.
There are still plenty of delicious foods that you can enjoy will recovering from your wisdom tooth extraction. For example, why not switch your roast potatoes for some mashed potato? There’s nothing better than creamy mash, right? You can also make creamy sweet potatoes as well. There are also a lot of vegetables that are soft, meaning you can still enjoy them with your Christmas dinner, for instance, cauliflower has a very soft texture, as does broccoli when it is cooked for a bit longer. You won’t have to miss out on all of the delicious sauces either, like apple sauce. Plus, if you are thinking about serving a starter with your Christmas meal, why not opt for a blended soup? Any sort of soft desserts will go down a treat as well, and you can definitely wash it all down with some ice cream.
When to call your dentist
There are very few risks and complications when it comes to wisdom teeth extraction. However, as is the case with any sort of surgery, there are always exceptions. Any swelling and pain that you have should get better and better with every day that goes by. However, if you experience any of the following, you need to get in touch with your dentist:
- An elevated fever that will not go away
- A throbbing and severe pain, three to four days after the surgery
- Excessive bleeding that will not go away even with pressure
- Swelling that gets worse when it should be getting better
As you can see, the holiday season can still be a jolly one, even if you have had your wisdom teeth extracted. Follow the advice that we have provided and you can ensure your holidays are as comfortable as possible. A bit of careful thought and planning is all that it takes. To learn more, check out Summit Dental Center’s guide to wisdom tooth extraction here.