If your dentist had discovered that your wisdom teeth are starting to come in, they may recommend that you remove the teeth before they start causing problems. If you have concerns about the recovery process, know these ways that you can reduce the time it takes to get back to normal.
Control the Bleeding
It is normal to experience bleeding after having wisdom teeth removed. It is important to have clean gauze on hand so that you can help control the bleeding. Simply put some gauze where the empty socket is located and gently bite down on them. This helps apply the right amount of pressure that will stop bleeding, as well as not cause damage to the area. Swap out the gauze once you notice it has become soaked and cannot absorb any more blood.
Protect the Gums
You should be aware of what blood clots are and why they are so important in the healing process. They will eventually form where the tooth is missing, and you want to avoid doing anything that could cause the blood clots from becoming dislodged. Avoid eating foods that are solid and can irritate the gums, drinking your morning coffee, spitting, or using a straw. Your dentist may even recommend to not brush your teeth until the blood clots have formed. If you dislodge the blood clot, it will only lengthen your healing process until another one can form.
Prevent Dry Socket
The hole left behind in your gums is called the socket, which is where that blood clot forms to provide protection to the bone and nerves under it. The blood clot helps protect the area from food and air, and prevent bacteria from getting inside it. You can tell that the area is affected by dry socket if you can see the white bone rather than seeing a deep red color.
The bacteria inside the socket is what causes the discomfort and pain and takes the area much longer to heal. When you feel like you have an issue with dry socket, visit your dentist for assistance. It can eventually cause an infection if left untreated.
The recovery process after wisdom tooth extraction can be complicated, which is why it's so important to stay on top of care after your oral surgery. If you have any questions regarding the recovery process after extracting wisdom teeth, be sure to reach out to your dentist early to avoid a complication.