Care After Wisdom Teeth Removal

WE ARE OFTEN ASKED questions about wisdom tooth extraction and how to best care for your teeth and mouth after surgery. As your trusted dental practice, we’re here to calm your fears and address your concerns!

Steps To Take To Promote Healing

There are several reasons why people may need to get their wisdom teeth removed. Here are some things you can do after the procedure to facilitate healing:

Rest. Rest for the remainder of the day after surgery and as needed after that. Avoid strenuous activity for at least a week.

Eat soft foods. For the first 24 hours, eat only soft foods such as yogurt, ice cream, or applesauce. Broth-based soups without many chunks are good to eat 1 to 2 days after the procedure. Avoid chewy or hard foods for 1 to 2 weeks.

Drink water. Drink plenty of water and avoid alcoholic, caffeinated, and hot beverages in the first 24 to 48 hours.

Prevent Dry Socket

After wisdom teeth removal, preventing dry socket is important. When a tooth is extracted, a blood clot forms to protect the bones and nerves underneath. Dry socket occurs when the blood clot is dislodged, exposing the bone and nerves. This condition can be avoided if the proper precautions are taken after tooth extraction.

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Extractions

You have gone through a tooth extraction/dental surgery. As a result, you have a wound in your mouth that may have been closed by sutures.

The following instructions should be observed to encourage proper healing and to avoid any unpleasant postoperative incidents:

Do not disturb the wound. In doing so you may invite irritation, infection, and/or bleeding. Be sure to chew on the opposite side for 24 hours and keep anything sharp from entering the wound (i.e. eating utensils, potato chips, etc).

Do not smoke for 2-3 days. Smoking will promote bleeding and interfere with healing.

Brushing. Do not brush your teeth for the first 8 hours after surgery. After, you may brush your teeth gently, but avoid the area of surgery for few days.

Mouthwash. Avoid all rinsing for 24 hours after extraction. This is to insure the formation of a healing blood clot which is essential to proper wound healing. Disturbance of this clot can lead to increased bleeding or the loss of the blood clot. If the clot is lost, a painful condition called dry socket may occur. You may use warm salt water or mild antiseptic rinses after 24 hours only if prescribed.

Do not spit or suck through a straw. This will promote bleeding and may dislodge the blood clot causing a dry socket.

Bleeding. A rolled up gauze pad will be placed on the extraction site. Keep gauze there for at least 1 hour then check extraction site. If the site is still bleeding new, bright red blood, place another Sterile Gauze and bite down. If no more bleeding occurs, leave extraction site as is. It is normal for some blood to ooze from the area of surgery. We will also give you a package of gauze to take with you to use at home if the bleeding should continue. Should you need to use the gauze at home, remember to roll it into a ball large enough to cover the wound. Bite in place firmly for an additional hour. If bleeding still continues, you may fold a tea bag in half and bite down on it. Tea contains Tannic Acid, a styptic, which may help to reduce the bleeding.

Pain. Pain is normal and expected after surgery. Analgesic tablets (i.e. Advil, Tylenol, etc.) may be taken following recommended directions. Prescription medication, which may have been given to you, should also be taken as directed. If pain continues more than 2 days, call your dentist.

Swelling. To prevent swelling, apply an ice pack or a cold towel to the outside of your face in the area of the extraction during the first 12 hours. Apply alternately, 20 minutes on then 20 minutes off, for an hour or longer if necessary.

Diet. Eat normal regular meals as soon as you are able after surgery. Cold, soft food such as ice cream or yogurt may be the most comfortable for the first day. It is also important to drink plenty of fluids.

Smoking and alcoholic drinking. If you are a smoker, stop smoking until the wound has properly healed because it can disrupt the normal healing process. Alcoholic beverages should also be avoided, especially if you are prescribed antibiotics.

Physical activity. Avoid any strenuous or physical activity that may raise blood pressure and cause profuse bleeding for the first 2 days. Realize that you have a wound that is not properly healed and you can dislodge the clot and cause a dangerous bleeding.


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Crowns, Bridges and Veneers

Congratulations! You have gone through some tooth preparations to receive dental crowns, dental bridges or dental veneers. This procedure involved some shaping and preparation of the tooth.

Take note of the following postoperative instructions to speed up your recovery and ensure success of the treatment:

Anesthesia. Some areas in your mouth may feel numb because of the anesthetic used. Refrain from biting on the lip and cheek along the area of the injection site, to avoid bruising and tearing. The anesthetic solution should wear away completely.

Soft Tissue. You can expect some discomfort and pain on the gum tissue.

Root Canal. In some cases, a tooth may require a pulp therapy/root canal treatment to receive the final restoration.

Pain. 15% of teeth prepared for crowns or bridges end up needing a root canal. It is normal for you to feel some pain and discomfort on the tooth after tooth preparation. However, if pain is significant or is increasing, contact our office immediately as a Root Canal may be necessary.

Temporary Crowns

A temporary crown is made of plastic/acrylic and is cemented using a weak cement, to protect the tooth from sensitivity and exposure. Expect for this crown to be removed and replaced in between dental visits.

Maintain a soft diet while you are still wearing a temporary crown. This will avoid dislodgement and damage to the temporaries before you receive the final restoration. Avoid chewing gum and avoid any hard foods on the temporary crown as they can break it instantly.

It is normal for you to feel some discomfort or slight cold sensitivity after receiving the temporary crown. The coverage is not superb so it is best to avoid extremely hot and cold beverage.

Permanent dental crowns and bridges

To maintain the integrity and health of your crowns, you should observe the following:

  • Observe proper use of your crowns. Do not use it to bite onto hard food and objects such as nuts, ice, and pens because it may damage your crowns.
  • Make habit of seeing your dentist regularly. Receive regular dental cleaning and visit your dentist for regular checkups. This ensures the early detection of any problems, so that it may be resolved immediately.
  • Observe proper hygiene. Brush, floss and rinse with mouthwash regularly. Observe strict oral hygiene practices that will guarantee the life of your prosthetics. If a crown is not brushed properly, plaque accumulates around it causing dental decay (a cavity). That can cause the crown to come off, or necessitate its replacement in order to repair decay underneath it.

Dental Veneers

Your dental veneers merely adhere on the front surface of the teeth. To properly care for them, take note of the following:

  • Although the dental veneers are meant to be strong enough to be retained on your teeth, veneers can be easily broken or dislodged from teeth.
  • Be conscious when you choose what food to eat and be smart enough to wear a mouthguard when participating in contact sports events and a NightGuard at night to avoid fracturing/breaking them during sleep.
  • Observe strict oral hygiene practices that will guarantee the life of your prosthetics. If veneers are not brushed properly, plaque accumulates around them causing dental decay (a cavity). That can cause the veneer to come off, or necessitate its replacement in order to repair decay underneath it.
  • Schedule regular visits to your dentist for cleaning and check-up, and observe proper oral hygiene at home, to preserve the health and conditions of your veneers.

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Partials and Dentures

Congratulations! You have made a good decision to restore your lost teeth and receive partial or complete dentures. A good set of dentures may be enjoyed by a patient for a very long time, and this lifespan is ensured by the proper care and maintenance.

After receiving your dentures, you should it is essential that you are aware of the following:

Discomfort. Dentures are a prosthetic replacement for having no teeth; it is unrealistic to think they will do everything natural teeth can do. Especially if you are a first-time denture wearer, it is common for you to feel some discomfort during the first few weeks. You will eventually get used to them and they will become more comfortable. Just keep wearing your dentures for a few days, unless it is really impossible, and report all pressure points to the dentist. It is important that the dentist properly identifies these pressure areas so that adjustments would be successful. If mouth sores develop, please notify your dentist immediately.

Food. During the first few days to weeks, it may be a little difficult for you to use your dentures to eat. You can maintain a soft diet during this time until you are able to properly adjust. Train yourself by cutting food in small portions and chewing them. Do not use your dentures to bite directly into food.

Cleaning. Just as there is a need for you to clean your teeth, it is essential that you clean your dentures too because you put them inside your mouth. There is a special brush that may be used that will not abrade them, and there is also denture cleanser solution that you can use. You can submerge the dentures into a warm water bath and allow it to cleanse. You can use dish soap to clean any debris from dentures. Do not use toothpaste to clean dentures.

Storing. Your dentures will be delivered to you along with a denture case, which you need to keep with you at all times. Some people have a habit of wrapping their dentures in a tissue paper where they may end up in the trash can. If you do not want to lose your dentures or see them get broken, make sure to store them properly when you remove them.

Proper Use. Your dentures are meant to replace teeth that you have lost. They are made of acrylic/plastic and may have some metal components that can break. Your dentures are meant to restore the function of your teeth: so that you can smile, eat, speak and maintain your bite. Do not use your dentures for other things. They are not a bottle opener, nutcracker, scissors and so forth. Protect the investment you made by caring for them.

Fit. Although the dentures are meant to fit your perfectly, there may be a need a few adjustments to get to that point. This should not be a problem, just take your dentures to your dentist. When the dentures begin to loosen, report such problems to your dentist so that he could do relining, repairs and adjustments, as required.

Relining. Complete dentures can be relined, which means replacing the entire interior (a part that touches gums) of the denture. That may need to be done if dentures were made immediately after tooth extractions. That is also a wise thing to be done every few years to ensure a long-lasting, well-fitting denture.


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Braces

Congratulations! You have made a good decision to undergo orthodontic treatment and are well on your way to enjoying a more beautiful smile. As you already know, the braces will remain on your teeth for a few months. To enjoy a more positive experience throughout the course of the treatment, take note of the following:

Pain and Discomfort. Any tooth movement is uncomfortable, yet Six Month Smiles tends to be the most comfortable of braces. After the braces have been installed on your teeth, it is normal for you to experience some discomfort and pain. It may even be difficult for you to speak and eat at first. There is constant pressure subjected to your teeth and it could cause some pain, you can take analgesic tablets (ie, Advil, Tylenol etc) to receive some relief but note that most patients get used to the feeling fairly quickly. You will eventually be more comfortable and accustomed to the braces in your mouth, just be a little patient.

Oral Hygiene. The braces are composed of brackets, wires and rubbers and they will make it more difficult for you to clean your teeth. Food can get stuck in between the components and cause tooth decay, so it is important for you to observe proper oral hygiene practices. You can use the regular toothbrush, floss, WaterPik and/or Super floss or Floss Threader, but be careful when you do because you can easily dislodge any component of the braces.

Food. Having braces is quite a bit of a change and will definitely take some getting accustomed to. Your food choices will have to change when you are undergoing braces treatment because the components can get stained, broken or dislodged. Avoid hard, sticky and high staining foods to protect your braces. Your compliance will ensure the smooth flow of your treatment

Mouth Sores. It is normal and almost part and parcel of orthodontic treatment for patients to develop mouth sores because of the components. It could be very painful and uncomfortable in the beginning but when the sores heal, the soft tissue will form a callous that will prevent more sores. You can apply wax to your braces to prevent mouth sores. When sores develop, continue applying wax on the bracket and wire to protect the soft tissue from further trauma.

Brackets, Wires and Elastics. The components of your braces can dislodge or break while in the mouth. When this happens, do not attempt to make repairs on your own. Contact us right away, so that proper adjustments and corrections may be done.

Adjustment Appointments. The success and completion of the treatment will rely on your compliance to appear for regular adjustment appointments. You could be asked to come back after 3 to 4 weeks; make sure to keep your appointment and to schedule one, right away, if you are unable to make it on the appointed day.


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Scaling and Root Planing

Congratulations! You have gone through the first step of healthier gums, bones, mouth and an overall healthier body! Your Scaling and Root Planing involved the scraping and cleaning of the tooth surface and may or may not involve the soft tissue incision to reflect the roots and the underlying bone. You can experience some redness, swelling and inflammation as a result of the procedure.

Discomfort. It is normal to feel some discomfort and tenderness after a scaling and root planing procedure. If you received a suture, expect the wound to be tender until it has properly healed. To relieve yourself of the pain, you can take analgesic tablets (i.e. Advil, Tylenol, etc); otherwise, expect that the tissues will eventually heal and any discomfort should subside within 3 days.

Eating. Avoid eating until anesthetic has completely worn off. If you had an incision and sutures, maintain a soft diet during the first few days, and avoid spicy, acidic, hard and highly seasoned foods. Expect to be able to eat as you normally do once the tissues have properly healed.

Oral Hygiene. You may brush your teeth but be gentle when touching the soft tissues (gums). Avoid the use of alcohol-based mouthwashes that can hamper the normal course of healing. Instead, gargle with saline water: prepare it by mixing salt into a glass of warm water.

Bleeding. Minor bleeding may be expected following a scaling and root planing procedure. If bleeding persists, you can bite on a moistened gauze or a tea bag to control it. Provide some pressure for 20 to 30 minutes to stop the bleeding.

Swelling. If you experience some swelling, you can apply cold compress on the area for twenty minutes, followed by a 20-minute break. Repeat as needed.

Smoking. Avoid smoking for 7-14 days following your procedure. Smoking disrupts the normal healing process of the tissues and can cause complications.


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Root Canal Treatment

Congratulations! You have gone through a pulp therapy/root canal treatment. While most of these things have already been explained by your dentist, this sheet is provided to you to serve as a guide in the next few weeks, until the entire procedure is completed.

In Between Appointments

If you are currently undergoing a root canal treatment and are expected to return to the office for the completion of your procedure:

Temporary Filling. Your tooth is covered by a temporary filling material that is easily dislodged and removed. Wait about an hour before you eat anything and refrain from playing with it with your tongue. If it dislodges in between your appointments, call the office immediately.

Appointments. Even though you may already feel comfortable, your treatment has not been completed yet. Do return for the next phase of the treatment and to receive permanent filling or crowns.

Discomfort. It is normal for a person to feel some tenderness and discomfort after the procedure. You may experience pain on the tooth and the surrounding tissues from 2 days to a few weeks, but it should subside. Take analgesics tablets (i.e. Advil, Tylenol etc.) to receive some relief from pain.

After the Procedure

This tooth may also require the insertion of a post to provide reinforcement and strength.
At this point, you may have received a permanent filling or a dental crown for your tooth. The pulp tissue of the tooth has been extirpated or removed so it is no longer vital. After the procedure, you could expect the following:

Tooth Fracture. The tooth is no longer vital so you can expect that it is going to be brittle. To avoid tooth fracture, the tooth may be reinforced with a post and crown. This will prevent tooth fracture and will prolong the life of the tooth.

Infection. Ideally, a tooth that has received a pulp treatment will no present with pain symptoms. 95% of the cases are successful, but there is a 5% chance for it to flare-up and be re-infected. A re-infected tooth may receive a second root canal procedure or may face a tooth extraction.

Maintenance. To prolong the life of the tooth and the final restoration you have received, make it a point to see your dentist on a regular basis. For teeth cleaning and checkups. Do observe proper oral hygiene practices at home that promote health and good oral condition.


Report any unusual occurrences immediately!

If you have any questions regarding these directions, call us for clarification at: (281)664-2244.

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