The wisdom tooth refers to the innermost third molar on the alveolar bone in the human mouth. It is exactly the eighth tooth from the middle incisor. It erupts very late, usually between the ages of 16 and 25. People’s physical and psychological development are close to maturity at the time, symbolizing “wisdom coming.” So they are commonly called “wisdom teeth.” The growth of wisdom teeth varies from person to person.
Why doctors would recommend wisdom teeth extraction
In the long run, wisdom teeth are harmful to the health of teeth and the oral cavity. With the changes in eating habits, the bone space is getting smaller and smaller, and wisdom teeth can’t stay in the bones normally.
After being misaligned, they squeeze the front teeth and easily cause inflammation, leading to cavities, loosening, and loss of front teeth. Wisdom teeth have no function but can cause an unhealthy oral cavity.
Therefore, after the discovery of wisdom teeth, doctors will usually recommend removing those teeth. This is to prevent damage to normal teeth and to maintain normal dental function in the future.
What can you eat after wisdom tooth extraction?
A tooth extraction will cause a wound to form in the oral cavity. When eating, be careful not to eat food that is too irritating. Try to eat lighter and not too hot food.
Eat soft food after 2 hours of tooth extraction
You need to fast for 2 hours after tooth extraction, including soft or hard food, liquid juice, or tea. Keep in mind that it is suited to eat soft food after 2 hours. But food should not be overheated, and avoid chewing on the extracted side.
Ice cream is suitable after 2 to 4 hours of tooth extraction
2 to 4 hours after surgery, patients can eat cold food because cold food can reduce the edema and pain that may occur after tooth extraction. It can also constrict blood vessels and help stop bleeding. This is why eating ice cream can relieve pain. Also, pay proper attention in life to minimize the impact on the wound.
Eat a semi-liquid diet after 4 hours of tooth extraction
4 hours after surgery, you can eat a semi-liquid diet and soft food, such as custard, soft steamed buns, rice porridge, oats porridge, boiled noodles, vegetable puree soup, etc. Don’t eat meaty or rough things because meat products, leeks, celery, hard rice, and other things can easily impact the teeth. It can easily irritate the wound, which is not conducive to healing.
Eat porridge, noodles, etc., after 24 hours of tooth extraction
You can eat something cooler to stop bleeding easily. First, 24 hours after the tooth is extracted, you can eat porridge, milk, noodles, steamed eggs, etc., so that the food itself is easier to come out from the wound.
At the same time, eating these things can also cause toothache. So you should eat light, softer foods. The food should be warm, not too hot. Overheated food can cause blood vessels to expand and cause tooth bleeding.
You can gradually change it to semi-liquid just after the day. Eat cakes, soft noodles, light dishes, etc., but don’t eat bread.
The wound should be almost healed within 1 to 2 days after the tooth removal.
You can eat solid food after 3 days of wisdom teeth removal
You can eat solid food from the third day after wisdom teeth removal. You should also pay attention to choosing a high-nutrient, high-protein diet because you have not eaten properly for about two days.
Precautions after wisdom tooth extraction
Don’t bite, lick or tease the cotton roll
After the tooth is extracted, the doctor will let the patient bite one or two cotton rolls. Its function is to suppress bleeding and protect the wound. Don’t lick or tease with your tongue to prevent the gauze or cotton wool from getting off and bleeding from the wound. Generally, the sliver can spit out about 40 minutes after tooth extraction.
Be careful not to bite the cotton roll for too long. Some people think that the longer the bite is, the better. Some people bite for several hours or even ten hours. This doesn’t seem right. Instead, the wound will be soaked in saliva for a long time, causing infection or poor blood clotting.
Don’t remove blood clots on the wound
The human body’s blood clotting function will condense the flowing blood into blood clots when it works. These blood clots cover the wound and can help stop bleeding better. Don’t remove these blood clots just because you feel a foreign body sensation. This is harmful to the recovery of the wound.
Don’t eat solid foods
Don’t eat foods that require hard chewings. Soft-boiled gruel, noodles, or tender egg custard are all good choices. The main purpose is to avoid causing damage to the wound during the chewing process and affecting healing.
Don’t brush, wash and gargle
Don’t rinse your mouth with water on the first day of tooth extraction. Don’t brush your teeth and gargle on the day you have just extracted your teeth. Otherwise, the toothbrush or water stream will wash away the clotted blood. The next day you can brush your teeth and gargle, but the movements must be gentle, and the toothbrush bristles should not brush the wound.
Use mouthwash or light saltwater
You can buy a bottle of mouthwash after 24 hours of tooth extraction. It will prevent bacterial infection. Do not rinse your mouth; spit it out for a while. You can also soak a bowl of light saltwater instead of mouthwash.
If inflammation is severe, meet the doctor
Inflammation may occur after tooth extraction. You can take antibacterial drugs orally that are generally combined with cephalosporins and metronidazole, eliminating aerobic bacteria and inhibiting anaerobic bacteria. If the oral effect is not good, these two types of drugs will be injected. If the inflammation is severe, The doctor adds some hormones appropriately.
If fever occurs or the bleeding does not stop, go to the hospital immediately and do not delay.
Make a good sleep
Pay attention to rest and don’t sleep late, especially from 10 o’clock to 2 o’clock at night. This is the best time for body repair, and it needs to be repaired during sleep.
Postpone your workout plan
Don’t participate in strenuous exercise. There is no problem with basic daily activities.
Don’t eat too hot or too cold
The temperature of your diet should not be cold or too hot. It is fine if the temperature is slightly cooler.
Don’t strain the mouth
Don’t speak loudly, laugh, and don’t lick with your tongue.
What to do if there is a tendency for bleeding after tooth extraction
It is best not to leave the doctor for patients with a bleeding tendency for the time being after tooth extraction. After half an hour, ask the doctor to see if the blood has stopped. If the bleeding still occurs, ask the doctor for further treatment, apply hemostatic drugs, or perform sutures to stop the bleeding.
Under normal conditions, the bleeding will no longer occur after spitting out the sliver. It is normal to have a little blood in the saliva.
If blood vomiting is abnormal, you should contact the clinic or see the hospital’s emergency department and ask a doctor for treatment.
Do not handle it yourself, such as stuffing cotton from your home into the extraction socket or smearing so-called hemostatic drugs. These kinds of cotton and medicines are not sterile and can cause secondary infections after use and cause more serious consequences.
It is generally not necessary to take medicine after tooth extraction. However, in the acute inflammation period, when the tooth is extracted, the trauma is large, and the general condition is poor, you should take some antibiotics and analgesics.
After tooth extraction, work is generally not affected. You can go to work as usual but do not engage in heavy physical labor.
Smoking and drinking have bad effects on wound healing. It is best not to smoke or drink within one or two days after tooth extraction. As long as the above precautions are taken, the tooth extraction wound will heal smoothly.
Remedies for wisdom tooth pain relief
Put the medicine on the tooth
When wisdom teeth ache, you can grind anti-inflammatory drugs and then apply them to the painful teeth to temporarily stop the pain. Gargle with mouthwash or light salt water before and after application.
Don’t eat spicy foods
Don’t eat spicy or cold food after you grow your wisdom teeth. Don’t eat seafood, eggs, and other “fat” things. You can eat more vegetables and fruit. Don’t eat sugar and the related.
If the pain is severe, bite some ice
If the wisdom tooth pain is more severe, you can bite some ice in the mouth. It can temporarily relieve the pain and start the next treatment step. If it’s too cold in the mouth, you can wrap it with a cloth, apply it on the outside of the painful tooth first, and then put it in the mouth when you get used to it.
Acupuncture treatment has a good effect
If wisdom tooth pain is up, if it causes gum swelling, you can try acupuncture. It can help anti-inflammatory and reduce swelling and pain symptoms. Acupuncture diagnosis and treatment generally will have an excellent effect.
If the tooth is in the right place, don’t worry about pain
Some wisdom teeth cause pain during the growth process. When they grow up, the pain will gradually disappear. It doesn’t affect chewing and beauty if they are in a better position. You don’t have to worry about it.
If the pain is severe, tooth extraction is most suitable
If the wisdom teeth often hurt and the pain is severe, it can cause inflammation of the crown’s soft tissues. It may cause swelling and pain in the wisdom teeth. If the wisdom tooth is long and in a crooked position, it will affect other teeth’ normal chewing and affect the appearance.
It is best Is considering tooth extraction. The requirement for tooth extraction is to ensure that there is no inflammation around the crown. Wisdom tooth extraction is the most difficult type of tooth extraction. You must go to a regular dental hospital and ask a regular doctor to perform a professional tooth extraction.
What kind of wisdom tooth needs to be removed
The invasion of adjacent teeth is usually unknown to the patient but known by the dentist through X-ray diagnosis. In general, the wisdom teeth will fall on the second molar because of insufficient space for germination. It makes it difficult to clean the second molars and even partially absorbs the teeth, causing discomfort or toothache.
Wisdom tooth decay is not so much a problem if it can be filled as simple holes that are not deep. We even recommend root canal treatments if the decay is very deep. In such a case, tooth extraction is more effective.
Cleaning is not easy
Due to the lack of space, wisdom teeth often grow crookedly, making it difficult to clean the teeth and causing tooth decay.
I didn’t bite from my teeth
Not everyone has four wisdom teeth. So, if there are no competing wisdom teeth on the opposite side of wisdom teeth to bite, sometimes that germinate excessively. It will affect occlusion.