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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
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 more
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
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
Depends: Depends on the type of work you do and how extensive the surgery was. If you have an office job, i would say you could go back to work in a couple days. If you work outside in the heat all day, i would probably recommend taking 3 days off. Since wisdom tooth surgery might cause you to eat less, it would depend on how strenuous your job is. In any case, 3 days off should be plenty. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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