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How to Recover from Wisdom Teeth Removal

Updated on February 16, 2009

Recently had one or more wisdom teeth removed? The doctor probably gave you a detailed description of how to recover, but in case you were too loopy to remember, here's some suggestions.

1.  Take your meds. If the doctor prescribes you medicine, he's doing so because most everyone else has needed it. It is often covered by insurance, and it will make you feel so much better. Even if it just knocks you out for a few days, it will be better than being in excruciating pain.

2.  Take over the couch or the bed, and spend the next few days doing nothing but resting and sleeping. Watch movies, catch up on your favorite television series, or use the computer. Sleep when you want to sleep, eat when you want to eat; but the main thing is that you rest your body so it can heal better.

3.  Stay away from solid foods. Some people are able to eat more solid food during their recovery time than others, but it's a good idea to steer clear of anything too solid for the first few days. Even if you can get those french fries down, their sharp ends may be tearing your stitches or scraping your swollen gums. So it is best to simply avoid all solid foods for a little while.

4.  Apply cold to your jaw area. Even if you don't have a real ice pack and all you can find is a frozen bag of peas, press it against the outside of your jaw. Even if it's not really "doing" anything, the cold will feel great on your swollen jaw. It will make you feel better.
Your dentist or doctor may give you directions that are very much different than these. Please follow your provider's instructions before mine.You may be eating only ice cream and oatmeal for awhile. Enjoy it while it lasts!

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      Rebecca Graf 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      Oh, boy do I remember that day. I never had so much pain and I've had many surgeries. I learned real quick that liquid food and ice packs were my best friends.

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