Many people put off their wisdom tooth extraction because they are afraid of the pain. While oral surgery can be intimidating, dental advancements have made this procedure quicker, easier, and less painful than it has been in the past. Follow these tips after your wisdom tooth removal to manage the pain, and you’ll be back to your daily activities in no time.
Before your procedure, your dentist or oral surgeon will assess your mouth and recommend appropriate pain medications. This might include prescription medications or over-the-counter medications. Follow your dentist’s advice to manage your pain correctly.
Rest Your Mouth (and Your Body)
Medication isn’t the only way to reduce your pain. After oral surgery, your body needs to recover. Plan to rest in bed for at least 24 hours following your procedure so your mouth and body can heal. During the recovery process, limit talking, chewing, and sucking. It’s also important to limit physical activity like exercise until you feel up to it.
While a hot bath or heating pad can soothe muscle aches, heat is not an effective way to manage pain after your wisdom tooth removal. Instead, soothe your mouth using cooler products like smoothies, milkshakes, or ice packs. The cooler temperatures will help to ease pain. Just remember to avoid straws with your cold beverages.
Wisdom tooth removal doesn’t have to be scary. If you need a wisdom tooth extraction, call Sair Dental Group at 832-924-2666 to schedule a consultation. Our expert dentists will work with you as an individual for personalized, comfortable care.