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After Wisdom Teeth Surgery
Try never: Smoking has chemicals that get into the healing tissue and destroys this new tissue. This also can create a painful dry socket. If the surgery was complex, you need to wait a lot longer for the healing. Therefore, ask your surgeon. Keep in mind that smoking even injures normal tissue creating potential cancers and tumors. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more
Ask surgeon: It depends on how your body heals, if any bone needs to be removed, are they impacted?If they are impacted and bone needs to be removed to get the teeth out, then allow yourself more time to recover. Cutting/removing bone results in more post-operative pain and swelling. Talk to the dentist who's removing the tooth/teeth to get an idea how much recovery time you need. ...Read more
Depends: What occurs before and after your surgery may be dependent upon who performs your surgery, whether you are sedated, as well as where your surgery is performed (office vs hospital). Your dentist or surgeon performing your surgery can provide you with the specific information you are looking for. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Extractions & Diet: No sutures and non-impacted wisdom teeth removed - whenever it feels comfortable. Sutures and impacted wisdom teeth removed - soft foods for a week then advance as tolerated. Much is dependent on what feels comfortable for you and range of motion. Semi-solids are always good to stick to for the first week before venturing back into firm solids. No need to rush. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How long after wisdom teeth surgery should I start eating hard foods again because I'm getting sick of the soft food diet?
Oral Surgery post-op: Generally, most patients can resume their normal diet in about a week, though it is important to try and observe a soft diet for the first 48-72 hours following oral surgery. If your still unsure, consult with your dentist or oral surgeon regarding their post-operative recommendations. Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Takes time: It depends on whether the tooth was erupted or impacted. It also depends on the size of the tooth and the patients age and healing ability. In any case, it takes time (weeks to months) for the surface of the socket to close up. Since soft tissue heals more quickly then bone it may appear healed on the surface but bony healing continues for quite some time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ask your doc: Patients can get food trapped in the stitches or the extraction site itself. After surgery you should rinse gently with warm water after eating to remove any residual food particles. In my practice patients begin lightly brushing the extraction sites the first day after surgery. If food remains trapped, we sometimes provide a syringe to irrigate the sites with. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Brush wisdom teeth: Gently brush the teeth next to the surgical sites. Try not to dislodge the clots. Salt water rinses are fine. Wait a day before rinsing and brushing your teeth. Your teeth next to the extraction sites will be a bit sore for a few days. If you have nay problems return to your oral surgeon for follow up care. ...Read more
Ice: Ice packs placed immediately after surgery , half hour on, half hour off for the first twelve hours after the procedure is important before the procedure avoid meds like aspirin, etc. Bromelain taken the week before the procedure may also help. Discuss this with your oral surgeon at your consult visit! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually: Within a few weeks at most. Some individuals are more susceptible to range of motion issues post procedure than others. The procedure typically lasts about 35-45 minutes with your mouth open maximally without any pause. Even if you did not have teeth removed and stayed open that wide for that long you would have some rom issues, muscular soreness and stiffness within the tmjs. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sometimes: If the stitches can pull the gums on either side of the extraction site completely together, so that the "hole" is completely covered, then you will not be able to see anything underneath the gums. However, if the gums cannot be pulled all the way over the "hole, " then you can still see some of the underlying blood clot. So, it depends on the situation. In both cases, healing can proceed well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Jaw pain or problems opening my mouth after wisdom teeth surgery, is normal? And how can I adjust it?
Its the swelling: After a tooth is extracted the area swells. Bone is living tissue so it does swell and because of that edema [fancy ten dollar doctor word for swelling] it is harder to open the jaw. It will resolve usually four to five days after the procedure. Ice and anti inflammatory agents are the best solution. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Paresthesia: Your paresthesia could be related to nerve damage during the procedure, some inflammation and swelling still present, or an infection not completely resolved. The longer the paresthesia lasts, the less the chance of full recovery. The good news is that it's still relatively early in the time range that would allow full recovery. This should be monitored very closely. See comment->. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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