A lot of people put off wisdom teeth removal procedures because they are anxious about the amount of pain they will be in afterwards. We’re not going to lie to you; there will be some discomfort, swelling and irritation. However, we promise you any suffering you experience after your wisdom tooth removal will be a lot less than the pain you would feel if you don’t have these teeth removed. If you don’t extract wisdom teeth, it can lead to excruciatingly painful bacterial infections, cysts as well as bone, nerve or tissue damage.
By being diligent with your dentist’s aftercare instructions, you can reduce wisdom tooth pain after removal and speed up your recovery process. Here are some of the best ways to alleviate any physical distress you may be feeling:
Warm Salt Water Rinse
Doing a room-temperature salt water rinse is a tried-and-true remedy for any oral ailment from a sore throat to a canker sore to pain after a wisdom tooth removal. Even ancient Egyptians and ancient Greeks used this method for anti-inflammation. Gargling with salt water is a gentle way to kill the bacteria in your mouth to prevent infection, thus relieving pain. This rinse will increase the pH balance of your mouth. This increase creates an alkaline environment that prevents the growth of bacteria.
You should avoid using mouthwash after wisdom teeth removal because the alcohol could cause a stinging sensation in the extraction site. Also, gargling with mouthwash could dislodge the blood clot in the socket and cause an infection.
How to Do a Salt Water Rinse
Pour approximately one cup of warm water into a glass. Stir in two tablespoons of salt and continue to stir until the salt has fully dissolved. Slowly and gently rinse the solution around your mouth as you count to twelve, then spit it out. Spitting too aggressively can dislodge your blood clot, so be very careful. You can do a salt water rinse every few hours as needed for pain relief.
We’ve all seen people gain “chipmunk cheeks” when they have their wisdom teeth extracted. Though it may look comical, this swelling can be painful and tender. Apply ice to ease swelling after a wisdom tooth extraction. You use an ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen vegetables. You could also put ice cubes in a plastic bag, and then wrap it in a towel. Applying a cold compress to the cheek on the outside of the extracted tooth will relieve pain and decrease inflammation. Ensure that you’re not leaving the ice pack against your face for longer than twenty minutes at a time. Please note this method works best for 36 hours following your extraction.
Of course, one of the best ways to relieve pain is to take painkillers. Aptly named, these pills are designed to alleviate any physical discomfort. The dentist will either prescribe you painkillers, or you can take over the counter painkillers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Be sure to follow the instructions on the bottle or provided by the pharmacist or your dentist.
Eating and Drinking Right
Eating the right foods and drinking the right beverages are two great ways to relieve pain after your wisdom tooth removal. If you eat something chewy or hard during the recovery phase, you can cause yourself a lot of pain.
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Last but certainly not least is taking rest! To relieve wisdom tooth pain after removal, you should not physically exert yourself for up to 36 hours following the procedure. We recommend taking at least two days off of work after the surgery to lay in bed or on your couch. Take this time to have a much-needed break and catch up on TV shows, video games or books.
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