While most of us end up getting our wisdom teeth removed at some point in time the fact that it’s a quick-and-forgotten event in our lives means that once it arrives, we don’t know what to do. In today’s article we will discuss getting your wisdom teeth removed. We’ll talk about what you can do before the process, what you should expect during it, and then go into how to keep your mouth clean after wisdom teeth removal for clean and healthy healing. Let’s talk about clean mouths and wisdom teeth removal!
Do I have to remove my wisdom teeth?
Despite it being a common procedure, you don’t always have to get your wisdom teeth removed. Sometimes they grow in fully and completely healthy and as such, there are no issues. Where problems can arise are when your wisdom teeth don’t grow in properly, resulting in teeth hidden under the gums, partially erupted from gums (which can attract a ot of bacteria), or if they don’t have enough room and begin impacting the alignment of other teeth when they are growing in.
How do I know if I need my wisdom teeth removed?
If an issue has arisen due to your wisdom teeth growing in then there are a number of symptoms which may occur. Ultimately your dentist is going to be the best judge as to whether or not you need your wisdom teeth removed, but here are some signs that you can look for:
- Tooth pain
- Damage to the teeth close to your wisdom teeth
- Gum disease
After an examination if your dentist determines that you will need your wisdom teeth removed, there is actually very little that you will need to do before the procedure. Brush and floss as normal in the morning and be sure not to eat anything before the procedure and you should be good to go!
How long should I take off work for wisdom teeth?
This is going to be up to you, however, people will generally take 2 days off (counting one day for the procedure itself) and some will go with 3 days just to play it safe. The procedure itself is much like other extractions, so there will be some things that you will want to do to take care of your mouth following a wisdom tooth removal. Let’s review a few of these.
What should I do AFTER I’ve had my wisdom teeth removed?
After a wisdom tooth removal there are a few rules that you will want to follow in order to help to ensure that you don’t accidentally damage the extraction area and to make sure that the area stays clean. Some good ‘ground rules’ are as follows:
- Saline rinses – A teaspoon of salt in a cup of water makes for a great rinse to keep your mouth clean. Rinse gently, 3 times a day, for at least the first 3 days.
- No spitting for a day or two – While your blood clot is forming in the extraction site, it is a good idea not to spit… the suction might dislodge your cloth. When you rinse with saline or mouthwash just dribble it out the first few days to avoid any cloth dislodgement.
” No exercise or any other activities that might strain the body.”
- Rest – When you get home, rest. No exercise or any other activities that might strain the body. Your mouth is healing and rest is the best thing for you right now.
- Ice packs are your friend – If you don’t like or don’t feel that you need pain medication, an ice pack is a great way to relieve mild pain without the use of chemicals.
What are other ways to keep my mouth clean after a wisdom tooth removal?
Some other ways that you can keep your mouth clean can be whipped up with things around the house. For instance, some mouthwash recipes that you can use:
- Aloe rinse – With 3 easy-to-obtain ingredients you can make an great homemade mouthwash. 1/2 cup of baking soda, 1/2 cup of water, and 1/2 cup of aloe vera juice mix together nicely and rinsing 3 times a day for 2 – 3 days can greatly accelerate your healing.
- Cinnamon rinse – 3 drops of cinnamon oil mixed with one cup of water makes for a great antibacterial rinse that tastes great too. Use 2 to 3 times a day for the next few days for best results (note, if you are sensitive and it burns a little then we recommend one of our different recipes. Cinnamon is not a perfect fit for everyone).
- Oil pulling -An old trick from India that many people swear by is oil-pulling. Swish a tablespoon of coconut coil for a period of 10 minutes to 15 minutes and then lightly dribble it out (no spitting until that clot is solid).
Methods don’t have to be homemade, of course
Over the counter mouthwashes are great at what they do and generally are going to have a lot more benefits than homemade. Some have added fluoride, for instance, along with strong antibacterial properties to make sure that your mouth gets clean and minty fresh. Ask your dentist if you are not sure what might be the best for you, they generally have the scoop on all the best information when it comes to caring for your mouth after an extraction.
Today we have discussed getting your wisdom teeth pulled, what you should do before, what you can expect, and what you should do afterwards. Be sure to keep your mouth clean and brush very carefully when you get close to extraction areas, beyond this take advantage of homemade or over-the-counter mouthwash to ensure that your mouth stays clean. If you can do this, you’ll heal in a matter of days, likely two weeks tops. Hang in there, you’ve got this!