For those of us lucky enough to be bless with correctly positioned wisdom teeth, and a large enough mouth to accommodate them, wisdom teeth are actually an asset. Unfortunately, many of us are not this lucky. The growth of wisdom teeth at an incorrect angle, or in a smaller mouth can be extremely uncomfortable. It can cause a lot of pain, and they tend to flare up often. The question of “do you need your wisdom teeth removed” is always best answered by your dentist, but if the answer for you is “yes”, then we have some tips for taking care of your smile after the removal of your teeth.
- Expect the wound to bleed a little, this is normal. You can hold a small square of fresh gauze over the incision or empty socket, and bite down to apply pressure. Usually the bleeding will have subsided in around 45 minutes.
- Expect some pain. As with any tooth removal or even minor surgery, your mouth is going to be sore, and tender to touch. Most people find relieve with Panadol or ibuprofen, but in some instances your dentist may prescribe something a little heavier for the first few days. You can then begin to wean off these as the pain subsides.
- Expect to be on a liquid diet. For at least the first day, it will be very difficult to eat solid foods. Some people find that they are on a liquid diet for multiple days. When you do begin to eat normal, try to avoid hard or crunchy foods. Mashed potatoes and yoghurts will be your best friend!
- Brush your teeth! You will need to wait until the bleeding subsides, and try to avoid the area around the wound for the first day or two. You will need to be a little more gentle, but removing your wisdom teeth does not mean you have to neglect your oral hygiene.
If your wisdom teeth are causing you pain, you can book an appointment with your local dentist to have this assessed.