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When Can You Use Mouthwash After Wisdom Teeth Removal
After extraction: That is best answered by the dentist who extracted your teeth. When to resume normal routine varies from dentist to dentist. ...Read more
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
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
Go ahead: Perhaps a dentist will answer,but I can't see a reason not to as long as you are careful to avoid brushing the area where the tooth was extracted ...Read more
Dry socket: It is good that you are already aware of such post-extraction complications. If you were given a post-op instruction, please read well and follow it. Make sure not to spit hard if you rinse your mouth (keep it to minimum for the first couple days), stay on a soft diet, if unsure request a post-extraction exam or check to make sure healing is normal. Losing blood clot leads to dry socket. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Postop alcohol: This is a surprisingly common questions. You should not drink alcohol if you're taking any narcotic pain medicine. Also, you should avoid any carbonated beverages such as beer for at least a week after wisdom tooth surgery. Otherwise, moderate alcohol consumption doesn't interfere with wound healing. ...Read more
Depends on you: Every surgery is different. Some are very quick and uneventful. In these cases you may be back the day after. Other surgeries require significant bone removal and are more traumatic. In these instances you may be down several days. Generally, when the bleeding has stopped and the pain under control without narcotics, you are ready to work. Older people will require more time than younger. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Shorthly: Give it a week or two.Get a more detailed answer ›
When can patients generally return to regular flossing and brushing after molar extraction and bonegraft?
How about Wisdom extraction?
Oral hygiene: Good oral hygiene will reduce the chance of infection at the extraction sites, so it is very important that you should brush and floss even immediately after extraction and bone graft. Just be careful to avoid the areas that were treated. I recommend that you do not use toothpaste so that you do not have to rinse too much which could disrupt any clot that is forming. DO NOT use a water pik. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not with sugar.: Sugarless or those sweetened with xylitol are good. ...Read more
The same day: Maintaining good oral hygiene is important. You can brush all of your teeth except where your teeth were removed the day of surgery. I advise my patients to brush lightly over the extraction sites the first day after surgery and resume normal brushing on the second postoperative day. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: A dry socket can occur with the removal of any tooth, although in my practice, it is quite rare with removal of teeth in the upper jaw. Smoking, vigorous rinsing, spitting and drinking through a straw should be avoided immediately postop as these actions may increase the risk of dislodging the blood clot. ...Read more
Straw sucking OK now: Getting crazy thinking about the nonsensical dangers of post-op, sucking through a straw? Every time one swallows, a sucking action occurs! if i was really concerned about a dry socket, i would avoid swishing/rinsing and most importantly keep my oral bacteria count low by flossing daily, especially the back wall of the tooth that abuts the extraction. Also, take any prescribe meds. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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