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      Simple Recovery: Don’t Fret Wisdom Teeth Surgery!

      Simple Recovery: Don’t Fret Wisdom Teeth Surgery!

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      Wisdom Teeth Dentist in Holland MIAre you ready to get your wisdom teeth removed? It can be intimidating or even scary, but with these wisdom teeth recovery tips from VanSlambrouck Family Dentistry in Holland, MI you’ll be more than ready for it!

      First Things First

      Make sure your recovery space is set up BEFORE you get home.

      Setting up your comfy spot with enough pillows and blankets is a hassle after surgery. Save yourself the energy and do it before you leave for oral surgery.

      Make sure to put your remote somewhere close! No one wants to go digging for that after wisdom teeth surgery!

      Don’t Eat Hard Foods

      Soft foods are less strenuous on your mouth, and have a lower risk of causing pain! Wisdom teeth surgery is a little more intense than certain types of cosmetic dentistry so we want to make sure you prepare more foods ahead of time.

      Things like chocolates, hard fruits, and salty nut snacks will be the last thing you want to try after your wisdom teeth removal. These are hard to chew and can get stuck where your teeth used to be.

      We recommend going to the store before your surgery, and stocking up on things that are easy to eat.

      Here are a few good ideas:

      • Bread
      • Jello
      • Pureed Soups
      • Mashed Potatoes
      • Scrambled Eggs

      Eating these in small doses is best.

      PRO TIP: If you need to soften something up, let it soak in water. It may ruin the flavor, but it’ll save your mouth from pain!

      Straws and Smoking Are Big No-Nos

      You might think that not having to chew your food is a benefit, but sucking on a straw can prevent your sutures from healing after an oral extraction.

      And of course, avoid smoking after mouth surgery. We recommend you avoid smoking at all times anyway but especially avoid smoking after dental surgery! Not only is it bad for your health and teeth, it also prevents your sutures from a proper recovery!

      How to Use Gauze

      After surgery, we recommend using gauze to help with the bleeding.

      Gently biting down on gauze on the swollen area for 30 minutes will help. If bleeding continues, rinse your mouth and repeat the process. Do not keep a piece of gauze in for more than 30 minutes as it starts to fall apart.

      If excessive bleeding does not stop after a few hours, feel free to contact us at 616-394-4700.

      A high amount of saliva is expected after oral surgery, so don’t worry if you’re experiencing that! While in recovery, do not do anything that involves strain or excessive activity as this can increase the bleeding.

      Elevate Yourself

      Because you’re awesome! At least we think so as your family dentist!

      But also…physically elevate your body. After an oral extraction, you may find yourself tired or drowsy from your type of sedation. When you get home, your first reaction might be to sleep, but we want to caution you against laying down.

      Rather than reclining on your bed, we strongly suggest resting in a reclining chair. As you lean back in a chair, there will be less jaw pain.

      It’s Okay to Veg

      As simple as it sounds, a good movie can help your dental recovery process because movies help us relax.

      Maybe you have a long list on Netflix, Hulu, or HBO of things to catch up on. Try watching a movie after oral surgery. Now is your time to sit back, rest, and recover from a wisdom tooth extraction!

      The Benefits of an Irrigation Syringe

      As your Holland dentist, we recommend using an irrigation syringe to help clean your mouth, but don’t overdo it.

      5-6 rinses for the first few days should do–and always after a meal. Make sure to not aggressively rinse your mouth as this will cause oral pain and can slow the healing process.

      The syringe works great for getting out pesky particles of food without having to dig with your toothbrush. If a piece of food gets stuck in the spot your tooth used to be, don’t panic. You will be able to rinse it out properly with an irrigation syringe.

      If you’re up for it, we recommend doing so with warm salt water. You can brush your teeth the same night you get your wisdom teeth out but do so at a gentle pace.

      Are You Ready to Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?

      Whether it’s you or a loved one going through wisdom teeth removal, we hope you feel a little more prepared now. For more on dental health, check our blog page! Feel free to request an appointment or reach out and contact us online or by phone at (616) 394-4700 if you have any questions we can answer! VanSlambrouck Family Dentistry is your Holland, MI wisdom teeth dentist and we’re here to make sure all your dental needs get taken care of.