A 37-year-old member asked:
went to the dentist just to check my teeth and i ended up after removing a wisdom tooth. need tips to help it recover?
4 doctor answers
Dr. Heidi Fowler answered
24 years experience Psychiatry
Follow dentist's : Written instructions after an extraction. Avoid strenuous activity to include heavy lifting. Just plan to take it easy. Avoid activities that create suction (smoking or sucking from a straw). Don't swish vigorously. Avoid alcohol ; hot beverages. A soft or liquid diet would be good. Your dentist/ oral surgeon likely provided you w gauze to apply pressure with if you start bleeding.
Answered on Apr 29, 2014
Dr. Sherly Alex answered
17 years experience Dentistry
Wisdom tooth extract: Take painkillers as prescribed by your dentist. While your mouth is numb, be careful not to bite the inside of your cheek. You can use an ice pack on the outside of your cheek for the first 24 hours. For the next 2-3 days after, you can use a washcloth soaked in warm water. Eat soft foods such as gelatin, etc. After the first day, you can rinse with warm salt water to reduce pain and swelling.
Answered on Apr 26, 2014
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
After extraction : When you've had a tooth removed, include the wisdom tooth, you need to take care of your mouth to reduce complications like pain, swelling and infection. To lessen any pain, take prescribed medication as directed by your dentist. Don't drive while taking any pain medication as you may feel sleepy. Ask your dentist if you may combine otc medication.
Answered on Apr 24, 2014
Dr. Gary Sandler answered
53 years experience Dentistry
Extraction recovery: Your body will take care of the recovery. Eat nutritious meals, get enough rest and basically just take it a little easy with physical activities and what you eat on that side. Rinse gently after the first 24 hours and don't forget to brush and floss, even in that area. Too many patients skip that last step thinking the will "disturb something". All wounds require cleanliness to heal quickly.
Answered on May 1, 2014
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