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After Getting Wisdom Teeth Pulled
Ice, rest, rx: Follow the instructions given to you closely. Using an ice pack the day of the extraction for 20min on and 10min off. Following the first 24hrs you can try a warm compress, but may not be as helpful. Some doctors will provide an anti inflammatory medication for post operative pain, but not all patients get it if it's not needed in your case. Contact your doctor to give you personalized advice.See 1 more doctor answer
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Depends: It depends. Was the surgery pretty straightforward or were there complications? How much bleeding is there? It's not uncommon for the extraction sites to ooze for a few days, but if there's a lot of blood, i'd get a follow up appointment with the surgeon for a check.
Never, but: NOT HEALTHY. If you must, wait until socket entirely healed, 3-4 weeks.See 1 more doctor answer
Postop Infection: Amoxicillin would be the first choice, unless you're allergic to penicillin. Other choices include Clindamycin or keflex. More importantly, have you contacted your oral surgeon or been back to see them? You should, if you haven't. A postoperative wound infection can potentially be serious, and could lead to an abscess requiring an incision and drainage procedure, or even osteomyelitis. See the doc.See 2 more doctor answers
Wait: At least 7 days, but for contact sports youay want to wait longer. You must ask your surgeon as they are familiar with your individual circumstances.See 1 more doctor answer
2-3 weeks: As long as the extraction is uncomplicated, 2-3 weeks should be long enough to allow any swelling to subside and allow the gums to heal.See 3 more doctor answers
Depends: How you will feel following your surgery will depend upon how your surgery is performed, i.e., local anesthesia alone vs sedated or under general anesthesia. Regardless if you are sedated or not, you will or should be numb in the areas where your teeth were removed.See 1 more doctor answer
Swelling/soreness: Depending on the position of the teeth you may have soreness and swelling especially if they are under the gums and have some bone around them. If they are erupted and are sitting right behind your other teeth, the extractions should not be too difficult. That being said, it is difficult to predict how sore and swollen a person will be after the surgery.See 3 more doctor answers
In English: How you will feel following the removal of your wisdom teeth may depend on the level of difficulty for your surgery, the type of anesthesia utilized, your physical state of health, and more importantly, your state of mind and how you handle discomfort. We all have different perceptions of what is considered pain and as such, we all react differently.See 1 more doctor answer
Depends: It depends on how smooth the surgery went, if any complications were present, how well the patient recovers and if any other medical issues are present. Usually the next day patients begin chewing a soft diet. By the end of the week, they are back to a full solid diet. Good luck.See 1 more doctor answer
As tolerated: Recovery depends upon the difficulty of the extraction, including residual bleeding. Activity resumption depends upon how well the person is recovering. As recovery improves ease into activity.See 1 more doctor answer
Depends: If the wisdom teeth are all erupted (visible) then slight to moderate swelling for about 4 days. If the teeth are all impacted (underneath the gums) then expect moderate or greater swelling for a longer period of time. Also, a lot depends on your own healing rate and age. Some people heal and swell less than others and often younger heal quicker.See 2 more doctor answers
Not recommended...: Eating spicy foods within the first couple days may irritate the extraction site and cause burns or delay healing. Eat only soft foods, such as yogurt, milk shakes, mash potatoes or applesauce for the first 24 hours. Start eating semisoft foods when you can tolerate them.See 2 more doctor answers
Depends: Most surgeons use long acting anesthetics wnen removing wisdom teeth. Novocaine is no longer used in dentistry. Lidocaine is the most often used local anesthetic in restorative dentistry and lasts about 2-3 hours. Bupivicaine and etidocaine can last 5-8 houts if given during wisdom tooth removal.See 1 more doctor answer
Helping hands: After your wisdom teeth are removed, you may not feel like doing much that day, and if you have them out with I.V. Sedation it will take some time for these medications to wear off. It is nice to have someone around to help you... Drive you home, bring food or water while you rest, help you remember which pain medication to take and when, and anything else that comes up.See 2 more doctor answers
Your history: The most common history is no pain after surgery followed by severe pain on the second or third day. The other signs are best evaluted by your dentist, so see your surgeon to rule it out if you have severe pain.
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