The full recovery after wisdom teeth removal might take a few days. There will likely be some pain and discomfort, which is usually worse in the first couple of days. You can take over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen to manage the pain, Sometimes the two kinds of painkillers work well together. If you need any advice ask your pharmacist or dentist.
Along with some pain, you may also have some swelling and stiffness in your jaw for a couple of days. Sometimes, this can make it difficult for you to open your mouth. To reduce the swelling, you can apply an ice pack wrapped in a towel.
Keeping the wound clean
Rinsing out your mouth regularly will keep the wound after wisdom tooth removal clean and help with healing. You should not rinse your mouth during the first 24 hours as it may cause bleeding. After the first 24 hours, you should rinse your mouth gently after eating with an antibacterial mouthwash or salt water. This will help get rid of food and stop bacteria growing.
You should brush your teeth as normal, gradually getting closer to the wound as it recovers. If your wound starts bleeding after the procedure. You can bite into a handkerchief. If your wound is bleeding, avoid very hot or cold food as the bleeding might start again.
Eating and drinking
In the first few hours after wisdom tooth extraction, you should avoid eating or drinking. For the first few days after the procedure, you should have soft or liquid foods only. After that, you will be able to return to your usual diet but in the beginning, you should avoid chewing on the areas where your wisdom tooth was extracted. In the first 24 hours after wisdom teeth removal, you should avoid alcohol, hot and cold drinks. You shouldn’t eat or drink at all for the first few hours after the operation. Then, for the first few days, stick to soft or liquid foods only. You can gradually return to your usual diet, but to begin with, try not to chew on the areas of your mouth that are healing. It’s best if you avoid alcohol or very hot or cold drinks for the first 24 hours.
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