After you’ve been through a wisdom teeth removal, you will need to take proper care of your mouth to ensure the proper healing of the site. Your dentist probably gave you some specific instructions on how to care for the surgical site and it’s important to follow his directions precisely. It will take between 10 to 14 days for the healing to be complete. Basically, you can sum up your aftercare in three steps:
- Follow the instructions the dental professional provided you
- For at least the first day after they are removed, you should have someone around to assist you
- Be patient as healing can take up to 2 weeks
Most of the specific directions will only last for about a week and then you can return to your routine oral care. By observing the dentist’s instructions, you can reduce the risks of developing infections and dry sockets.
Are swelling and bruising Normal?
For the first day following the wisdom teeth removal, you can alternate hot and cold compresses. For the next two days use only cold to reduce swelling. Place the compress on the outside of the jaw and hold it there for 15 minutes at a time. This keeps from irritating the skin or facial tissues.
How can I prevent dry socket?
Following the dental professional’s instructions will help you prevent dry socket. If you develop dry socket, it can take two or more weeks to subside. To help prevent it from occurring, do not smoke. Also, avoid drinking through a straw since it can cause pressure on the socket. There are some people who are simply more likely to get dry socket no matter what they do or don’t do. Women who take birth control medication are at an increased risk.