Wisdom Teeth Recovery: What to Expect After Surgery
Posted on 09/05/2022

When your wisdom teeth come in, they can cause a lot of pain and some discomfort. You don't need to live with that pain because the pros at Mack Orthodontics can remove them. The Scott County office is full of friendly faces and offers all of the help you need. Find out what to expect after you go through wisdom tooth extraction.

Side Effects

The odds are good that you'll experience one or more side effects. According to the Mayo Clinic, bleeding, swelling, and bruising are all common. Gauze pads work great for bleeding, but you may want to use an ice pack to reduce your swelling. In most cases, the swelling and pain go away within a few days. Prescription medications can help with swelling, especially when you use them with ice packs. With orthodontic treatment in Scott County, patients can get prescription painkillers after their procedures.

Watch Your Diet

You need to watch your diet in the days after your extraction. Try to avoid drinking anything with caffeine or carbonation as they can worsen your symptoms. Drinks that are too hot or too cold are also risky. Try to let your drinks cool down or come up to room temperature before you drink them. You should also stick to soft foods like pudding and broth until you feel comfortable eating harder foods.

Consider Foods to Avoid

Avoid Dry Socks

A dry socket is a painful condition that can occur after an extraction. To prevent dry sockets, avoid smoking for the next few days or up to a full week. You should also avoid drinking out of a straw and using your mouth in similar positions as it will increase your risk of developing a dry socket.

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Wisdom Tooth Removal Done Right

Finding orthodontic treatment in Scott County is easy because Mac Orthodontics can help you prep for your surgery. You'll also learn what you can and cannot do when you head home and when to come in for your follow-up appointment. Contact our office today to see how quickly we can schedule your extraction and get you on the road to recovery.