We receive many questions from our Toronto wisdom tooth extraction patients about what comes after their procedure. Some dental procedures have intense recovery times which require that the patient goes through many aftercare steps before their treatment area will fully recover. Fortunately, the recovery period following a wisdom tooth extraction is only about a week on average. That said, there are still some steps a patient should take during this time that can ensure that no complications arise from the extraction area. Continue reading to find out what you can expect following a wisdom tooth extraction with Dr. Andre Hughes.
Naturally, the mouth will need time to heal following any kind of surgical process. While this means patients will have to avoid hard and chewy foods for a bit, it won’t be for long. Extraction patients are likely to experience some discomfort directly after their wisdom teeth are removed. During this time, they may be prescribed a painkiller or they may be fine just sticking with over-the-counter solutions.
For a few hours after treatment, the patient’s mouth will be completely numb. It is important that patients are careful during this time, as it is possible for them to bite the inside of their mouth without even knowing it.
During the first few days after the procedure, the patient may experience bleeding from the extraction area. To take care of this, they are going to want to use gauze pads, which they will exchange for new ones as needed. It is also advised that patients do not lie flat for the first few hours after their procedure, as this can prolong their bleeding. If the patient’s extraction area is still bleeding 24 hours after their procedure, then they will want to contact our office immediately.
Finally, it is important that patients take care of themselves following their wisdom tooth extraction. Our patients should avoid physical activity the first few days following their procedure, as this activity can prolong bleeding. They may also want to use an ice pack, which should be placed against the patient’s cheek for 15 to 20 minutes. Another good idea is to rinse the mouth with warm salt water. This can reduce swelling, as well as relieve pain and soreness.
Are you currently residing in the Toronto, ON area and are ready to have your wisdom teeth removed? In that case, we highly recommend that you schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Andre Hughes. During this consultation, we can examine your condition and see where your wisdom teeth are currently at. From there, we can recommend the best treatment for your needs. To schedule your consultation, contact our office today.
Dr. Andre Hughes
745 Bloor St. West
Canada M6G 1L6
Monday: 10AM – 7PM
Tuesday: 10AM – 7PM
Wednesday: 10AM – 7PM
Thursday: 10AM – 7PM
Saturday: 9AM – 3PM