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The 48 Hours After Your Wisdom Teeth Have Been Removed
Having your wisdom tooth removed is an involved process that extends past the procedure itself. People have been having their wisdom teeth removed for ages and it isn’t likely that wisdom teeth extraction will go away any time soon.
Being aware of what to do and how to properly care for yourself the 48 hours after your wisdom teeth have been removed will help significantly in the healing process. There are a few things that a person should do in order to keep the mouth healthy while still ensuring that the wound is healing properly.
The 48 hours after wisdom teeth removal
Take it easy
After a wisdom tooth extraction, it is important that a person rests as much as they can. While it may be tempting to get back to daily activities, resting is crucial in order for the wound to properly heal. An important part of resting is not engaging in physical activities as well as keeping the head, mouth and jaw still and calm.
Ice and cold compresses
A lot of people experience swelling after their wisdom teeth are removed and this is normal. The body swells as a way to react to the pain that was incurred. However, managing the swelling is important to do. Using ice packs or a cold compress in small time increments can help reduce the swelling as well as numb the pain.
Liquid or soft diet
48 hours after a wisdom tooth extraction is still relatively early to be chewing foods. In order for the wound to properly heal, it is best that a person consumes soft foods that don’t require a lot of chewing. The force of chewing or biting down can cause a blood clot within the wound which will present oral health problems.
After the first initial day, a person’s pain should go down quite a bit. However, it is still likely that some pain will be felt. The dental professional will have likely prescribed pain medication in order to ease the discomfort. It’s important that these medications are taken with foods so that a person doesn’t feel sick.
Keep the entire mouth clean
Within the 48 hours after removal, it’s important that a person gets back to maintaining their oral hygiene. The mouth is extremely susceptible to infections because of the wound. With that being said, it’s important that a person still attempts to brush and floss the teeth that aren’t surrounding the wound.
Having the wisdom teeth pulled can be a painful procedure but ultimately it is within a person’s best interest. Being aware of how the 48 hours after the procedure will go may help anyone who is considering the procedure or someone who has already had it. Talking with a dental professional about further ways to care for the mouth after the procedure can also be beneficial.
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