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72 Hours After Your Wisdom Tooth Surgery | Palm Harbor Dentist

Even though wisdom teeth are a common occurrence in most adults, having your wisdom teeth removed is never a fun thing to do. Because it will likely be a necessary surgery, a recovery period is going to need to take place before you feel back to normal, especially the first 72 hours. That said, here are some great tips to help make those hours as easy as possible:

After your procedure, you will have gauze in your mouth to stop the bleeding. Make sure to have some extra handy so you can swap it out and keep the area clean. But after a couple of hours of gauze action, trade it for a moist tea bag to prevent clotting. To keep the swelling and bleeding to a minimum, keep your head elevated. And for the next 48 hours, swap out an ice compress every 20 minutes. After that, change your ice compress into a warm one. All of this will help heal the procedure while keeping you as pain-free as possible.

Once you pass the first day with flying colors, things will proceed to get easier. A good idea is to rinse with salt water 8-10 times a day. ½ tsp of salt to 1 cup of water is the ideal ratio, just be gentle while doing so. You don’t want to disturb your stitches.

Things to avoid completely:

  • Straws. The suction can induce bleeding.
  • Tobacco. Tobacco products are awful in general, but after surgery, it makes it tougher for your gums to heal.
  • Strenuous activity. An increased heart rate will increase blood flow. This may increase the chances of bleeding.

If you’re interested in learning more about wisdom tooth aftercare, contact Dr. Lieberman at 727-785-8017 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com for additional information.

Dr. Larry Lieberman proudly accepts patients from Palm Harbor and all surrounding areas.

Reasons You May Need to Have Your Tooth Pulled | Palm Harbor Dentist

Having a toothache can be excruciating, no matter how it comes about. Not only can you have trouble eating, but the headaches that go hand-in-hand can drive a person insane. So, it’s off to the dentist for an assessment – it’s time to have a tooth extracted.

There are a few reasons why you would ever have to have your tooth pulled: Impaction, infection or decay. We are going to break down each reason and how your smile can be improved.

Impacted tooth. A tooth that is trapped beneath the gumline is known as an impacted tooth. A very common type of an impacted tooth is what we also call a wisdom tooth. Left untreated, these teeth can damage surrounding teeth and accelerate gum disease. Common symptoms: red, swollen or bleeding gums, bad breath and pain when chewing.

Infected tooth. When a tooth is infected, it becomes filled with pus and other debris, also known as an abscessed tooth. Left untreated, these teeth can lead to more serious infections throughout the body. Remember, our mouth is the first line of defense for our overall health. The importance of taking care of our dental health is of the utmost importance. Common symptoms: tooth sensitivity, fever, swelling around the infected area, bad breath or pain when chewing.

Tooth decay. Unfortunately, this is the final stage of a tooth’s life, because tooth decay is permanent and irreversible. The good thing is, the extracted tooth can be replaced by a crown, bridge or dental implant, depending on your situation. Because these teeth are brittle and have visible holes, they are also prone to infection. If you are having intense dental pain, don’t delay – make an appointment as soon as possible.

If you’re interested in learning more about tooth extractions, contact Dr. Lieberman at 727-785-8017 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com for additional information.

Dr. Larry Lieberman proudly accepts patients from Palm Harbor and all surrounding areas.