According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 10 million wisdom teeth are extracted from 5 million people in the United States each year. The vast majority of men and women who get their wisdom teeth removed do not experience any adverse effects, such as dry socket. Below are some basic aftercare instructions you should follow to prevent infection and heal as quickly as possible following wisdom tooth extraction in LaGrange.
Keeping your mouth clean after wisdom tooth extraction is especially important in order to avoid getting an infection. Continue to brush at least twice a day and floss daily but take special care to avoid the surgical site.
In addition, you can reduce the risk of infection by regularly rinsing with saltwater. Mix one teaspoon of salt with a warm cup of water and gently rinse your mouth in the morning, before bed, and after each meal.
Finally, if you typically wear a mouthguard at night for teeth grinding or TMJ dysfunction, you can resume wearing it after 24 hour or as instructed by Dr. Jacobs. If you try to wear your mouthguard after your oral surgery but find it causes you discomfort, wait a couple extra days and call our office for advice.
After wisdom teeth extraction in LaGrange, blood clots typically form over the surgical site and protect the underlying bones and nerve endings while the socket heals. If the blood clot dissolves or becomes dislodged, the extraction site is left exposed and the healing process can be delayed. This is called dry socket, or alveolar oesteitis.
Follow these tips to reduce your chances of experiencing dry socket:
Regular dental checkups are just as important after undergoing tooth extraction in LaGrange. Every time you come to LaGrange Oral Surgery & Implant Center for a routine visit, Dr. Jacobs will carefully clean and inspect your teeth. He will also examine the extraction sites to make sure they have fully healed and that there are no signs of infection.
If it is time for your next checkup or you have more questions about wisdom teeth extraction aftercare, do not hesitate to contact our team today!