05 Dec How long should I wait to eat after wisdom teeth extraction?
If you have an upcoming wisdom teeth extraction procedure, you will have to make some alterations to your diet and daily activities while you recover. When it comes to eating, you should wait several hours after your surgery to consume anything. What you do consume should be liquid and not hot in temperature.
The first two days following wisdom teeth extraction should consist of a soft diet. This includes smoothies, yogurt, puréed soups, mashed potatoes, and broth. Eating solid food could disturb surgical sites and slow down your recovery. Avoid using a straw to drink. A straw can disturb the clots that form over extraction sites.
Will I be uncomfortable after my procedure?
Discomfort can accompany any surgical procedure. There are steps you can take, however, to improve your comfort level while you heal. If your oral surgeon has prescribed a prescription pain medication, take it exactly as directed.
Many times, over the counter pain relievers control post-operative discomfort and can be used, too. If you have questions about whether you should take prescription pain relievers or over the counter ones, be sure to ask our team.
Using a cold compress on your face is another way to control discomfort after your procedure. Extracting wisdom teeth can cause swelling and swelling increases pain. Applying a cold compress to the outside of your face as directed for the first 12 to 18 hours after your surgery can help reduce post-operative swelling and improve your comfort.
How do I care for my teeth and gums after wisdom teeth removal?
Keeping your teeth and gums clean is always important – even after an oral surgery. After 24 hours have passed since your surgery, you can resume brushing your teeth. Be very gentle when brushing and try not to touch surgical sites with your toothbrush as it can disturb the blood clot that forms over empty tooth sockets.
You can also gargle salt water throughout the day after your procedure to keep your mouth clean. Do not gargle hydrogen peroxide or mouthwash for about two weeks following your surgery.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Commonwealth Oral & Facial Surgery today.