woman smiling and giving two thumbs upIf you require wisdom teeth removal, you are not alone. In fact, nearly 85 percent of adults will need their wisdom teeth extracted at some point in their lifetime. This is because most wisdom teeth – or third molars – do not erupt fully or properly. In these cases, impacted wisdom teeth can lead to a number of other oral health concerns, including decay, gum disease, or bite problems. If you are considering Bedford wisdom teeth removal, we can help you prepare for your procedure and let you know what to expect during recovery.

Bedford oral surgeon Chris Tye has years of experience and knowledge and can help you take the first step toward improved oral health. To schedule a consultation, call Texas Oral Surgery Specialists at 817-552-3223. You can also register online to learn more about Bedford wisdom teeth removal.

Immediately following your Surgery

When your wisdom teeth removal is complete, gauze packs will be placed over the surgical sites. As is the case with any surgical procedure, slight bleeding is normal. Leave the gauze in place for about one hour. If bleeding continues after removing the gauze packs, replace them with new gauze, and apply firm, steady pressure for another 30 minutes. If bleeding still persists, you can place a moistened tea bag over the site and gently close down. The tannic acid in the tea will help shrink blood vessels and capillaries, and therefore reduce bleeding. Once bleeding subsides, there is no need to use more gauze.

The First 24 Hours: What to Expect

After your surgery, go home and rest immediately. This is crucial to a successful recovery. Because an elevated heart rate can exacerbate bleeding and swelling, it is important that you avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for at least 48 hours following your procedure.

Discomfort can be managed with a combination of prescription medications and over-the-counter anti-inflammatories. A cold compress is also recommended to alleviate swelling and inflammation. Place the ice pack on the outer jaw for approximately 20 minutes. Remove it for 20 minutes, then repeat the process. This should be done as many times as possible during the first 24 hours.

You should eat soft, nutritious foods. During the first day, most patients find that foods such as smoothies, yogurt, soups, and puddings are the most comfortable to consume. Avoid foods like nuts, popcorn, rice, or anything that can become lodged in the sockets.

The night of the surgery, you may gently brush your teeth. However, do not disturb the surgical sites. Rinsing should be avoided for the first day.

Days Two and Three

The next morning, you may notice more swelling. This is normal, as inflammation tends to peak around the second or third day. You may gently rinse with warm salt water to soothe the tissues and promote healing. Dr. Tye may also provide an antibacterial rinse for you to use. Continue brushing your teeth within your comfort level, as it is important to keep your mouth clean during the healing process.

It is not uncommon to feel small slivers of bone escaping from the socket over the first few days. This is a normal aspect of healing. However, if this process causes pain or discomfort, call your Bedford oral surgeon for further instructions.

Don’t be surprised if you experience a sore throat or stiff jaw muscles. These things are normal byproducts of oral surgery. You can, however, minimize these symptoms by closely following the guidelines provided by Dr. Tye and your surgical team. Most patients find that they are able to return to their normal daily routines after two to three days.

Contact Us to Learn More

If you are seeking Bedford wisdom teeth removal, look no further than the Texas Oral Surgery Specialists, proudly serving Colleyville, Grapevine, Hurst, Euless, and Bedford. Call our office at 817-552-3223 or contact us online for more information.