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Swelling can be reduced by holding an ice pack to the outside of the cheek. On day two, you can begin to use moist heat to feel more comfortable. Rinsing the mouth with warm salt water a few times a day will also provide some relief.
HOW CAN I SPEED UP HEALING AFTER WISDOM TOOTH SURGERY?
For the first 24 hours following your surgery, it’s important to not dislodge any blood clots that should form. Blood clots form in the place where the tooth or teeth were removed, and they are an important part of the healing process, as they prevent excessive bleeding, protect your wound from infection and any exposed bones, and allow new tissue to grow successfully. Avoid rinsing the mouth, brushing next to the extraction site, drinking hot drinks, eating foods that require any chewing, sucking on straws, and smoking for at least 24 hours. Rinsing the mouth with an antiseptic mouth rinse after 24 hours is advisable.
LEARN MORE ABOUT WISDOM TOOTH REMOVAL SURGERY
Visit us to discover more details on your extraction process when oral discomfort is hindering your dental health. Our dentists at DentalWorks – Clearwater can help determine whether or not you require wisdom tooth extraction. We use the latest in diagnostic dental procedures to evaluate and determine the source of your tooth pain. Save your smile and your oral health today by making an appointment at our Clearwater, IN office.
Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars in the back of your mouth that begin to show in your late teens/early 20s. The most common reasons that people need to have their wisdom teeth extracted include:
They are trapped or impacted. Because they are located so far back in the mouth, wisdom teeth may not emerge normally and can become trapped or impacted in the jawbone or gums. This can cause pain, an infection, or a cyst that damages other teeth.
May not have fully erupted through the gums. Because it is hard to see and properly clean teeth that have not fully emerged from the gums, it can house harmful bacteria that lead to gum disease and oral infections.
The mouth is not big enough. In some cases, the jaw simply has no room for an extra set of molars and the wisdom teeth need to be extracted.