Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wisdom Teeth Removal Tips

My bottom wisdom teeth were removed 7 weeks ago, and I wanted to share some tips with you on how I managed to survive this process.

1. Stock up on soups, puddings, yogurt, soft foods, and liquids before your surgery.
I made the mistake of not buying enough groceries beforehand, and had to shop with a swollen face. I found that I couldn't eat most foods from takeout places. Stay away from rice and bread. They can get stuck in your wounds and can lead to an infection.

2. Drink plenty of fluids and beverages that contain nutrients. 
I couldn't eat solid foods for one week following my procedure. It was just painful and I couldn't bear it. I drank lots of soups and fluids that contained nutrients, such as booster shakes.

3. Drink black tea the first 2-3 days.
Black tea helps with the clotting process. If you lose the clot on your wounds, you could develop dry socket, which is painful and you'll need to see your oral surgeon for treatment.

4. Don't eat chips, nuts, or popcorn the first 6 weeks. 
They can get stuck in your wounds and are difficult to remove. If they get stuck, they can cause an infection.

5. Use a water syringe and flush out food after every meal. 
Your oral surgeon should provide you with a water syringe. Use it after every meal if possible, or at least before you go to bed. This will help prevent any infections from occurring.

6. Prop your head up with pillows when you sleep. This will help with the healing process and will minimize any chances of choking on the oozing (small amounts of blood) from the wounds.

7. Rinse with warm salt water for at least 3 weeks. 
This will help to remove food and debris, and will help to keep the wounds clean.

8. Don't spit or drink from a straw for the first week. 
You may dislodge the clot by spitting or drinking from a straw. This will lead to a possibility of having dry socket.

During the first 24-48 hours, small amounts of blood are normal. This "oozing" process may not go away for 2-3 days, but is normal. Contact your oral surgeon if you experience blood loss at a rapid pace and in large amounts.

Finally, my last tip is: enjoy one delicious meal before you head in for your procedure! Otherwise, you may need to wait 6 weeks to fully enjoy a good meal again.

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