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Ice Pack For Wisdom Teeth
Inflammation?: How long ago were your wisdom teeth removed? Where is the inflammation? Are you in any pain? Is the inflammation getting better, worse or staying the same? The answers will determine what, if anything needs to be done. See the dentist who removed your teeth for an evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Initially cold: Cold packs will prevent swelling initially. Use them as much as possible for the first 24 -36 hours or so. After that, as a general rule, you will begin to do warm, gentle salty water rinses and apply warm, moist heat to the area from day 3 to 5 or until as needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Teeth want to erupt and to migrate forward, not back, to compensate for the wear we don't give our teeth, but that our pre-historic ancestors did. If you have a malocclusion please see a specialist Orthodontist for an initial examination (usually free) to discuss treatment options. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: Rinsing too soon after an extraction can result in removing the blood clot that promotes healing in the site. Mouth rinses can be strong and may make this worse. I recommend waiting at least 24 hours before rinsing and then very gently with a mild salt water (saline) mixture. Always follow the directions your surgeon gives you. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Should be fine: Kefir is a milk product with live bacterial culture. Many doctors prescribe antibiotics that protect from infection after wisdom tooth extraction. You may find that these probiotic bacteria improve your digestive regularity or prevent yeast overgrowth. The bacteria present shouldn't cause an infection and should be fine to drink. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No smoking: Do not smoke after wisdom tooth extraction. You increase the chance of very painful dry socket. Follow the directions from the dentist or oral surgeon that did the extraction. Eat a soft diet, drinking is ok but avoid alcohol while taking pain medications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Flossing: It is important to floss the back teeth. A dental pick does not get back there easily and completely. This is a difficult area for many people to get to. Work with a dental hygienist. They are very knowledgeable in techniques and tools that would work for you. The hands on instruction with your hygienist would help you perfect your flossing. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
How many days on average will pain and swelling last after a wisdom tooth extraction of an erupted wisdom tooth? Will the pain be bearable?
O.Surgery guidelines: Guidelines to determine degree of difficulty in removing wisdom teeth and predicting post-op pain and swelling. Tooth position is a major determinant in the methods used in extractions. Generally, more fully erupted teeth require less surgical intervention. Angled or tilted teeth, no. of roots and curvature of roots may require sectioning of the roots resulting in more pain and swelling. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Motrin + Tylenol (acetaminophen): If you want an over the counter regimen, i like 3 x Motrin 200mg (600mg total) every 8 hours combined with extra strength tylenol (acetaminophen) (500mg). Studies have shown the combination is much stronger than taking the medication individually. However please inform your dentist as there may be other drug interactions. Additionally i like to ice the areas immediately after surgery to lessen the swelling. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How many days after wisdom tooth extraction should I brush at wound site ? For now I only rinse with corsodyl and brush other teeth.
Basics: Follow your dentist's written instructions after an extraction. Avoid strenuous activity. 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 bleed. ...Read more