Although formally known as third molars, the common name is wisdom teeth because they appear so late – much later than the other teeth, at an age where people are presumably “wiser” than as a child, when the other teeth erupt. Evolution had some other plans for us, so it does not give us all equal space in our teeth set where this Wisdom tooth could adjust effortlessly. This makes it an absolutely painful experience in one’s life.
Sometimes, this wisdom tooth cannot make space so it troubles other teeth in our mouth, which can keep us awake many nights screaming for pain relief. Thus, it gets important to get it removed surgically by a dental surgeon.
So let’s discuss some of the tips that can help you get relieved from the pain post a wisdom tooth extraction surgery.
- put an ice pack on your cheek.
Applying a towel-wrapped ice pack to the affected side of the ice for 20 minutes at a time may help reduce pain and swelling.
It is very important to give rest to the area operated. Do not chew much or speak a lot. Avoid moving your jaw during this time.
- Take medicines prescribed by your dentist.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs): NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen (Advil) and naproxen (Aleve), may help reduce both swelling and pain.
- eat soft, cool foods.
Anything hard or war can cause pain and more swelling or bleeding to the incisions. It is thus suggested to eat food which is soft and cold. Ice-crea is the best option.
- rinse your mouth with saltwater starting 1 day after the surgery.
As part of a daily care routine, salt water rinses may help kill bacteria in the mouth and reduce swelling and pain.
- use warm compresses.
The heat from the compress will cause your blood vessels to dilate, enabling them to carry over the fluids that cause swelling.
If you are planning to get your wisdom tooth extracted, don’t wait get an appointment at Radix Cosmodental and get a safe and painless treatment by the most experienced doctors.