Just over a year ago I had to finally face facts and undergo a procedure to have my wisdom teeth extracted. I had put this procedure off for a very long time but finally the pain became too much. I have never enjoyed going to the dentist and so I made sure that I selected a dentist who would be a good fit for me in terms of helping me to feel comfortable. Thankfully for me, I found Dr Kami Hoss, a wonderful dentist who really helped me throughout the whole process.

I wanted to talk a little about how best to recover from dental surgery, as the process can be incredibly painful. The best thing to do is prepare ahead of the event, and this is how best to manage the pain which you feel after having dental surgery.

Management

There are lots of options of you in terms of which drug to take to better manage the pain. The mouth is incredibly sensitive and so any type of procedure is going to result in a lot of extra sensitive and heavy swelling. The dentist may prescribe you some pain management medicine but if not, you can get some effective meds from your local pharmacy. Make sure that you speak with your dentist at length before the procedure, if you have any allergies to pain meds, the last thing that you want is a reaction whilst you are in pain.

Eating

Eating can be tricky after your surgery and you must make sure that you have plenty of supplies ready at home, for when you are recovering. Chewing is not going to be an option for you as this will both cause pain, and hamper your recovery, you do however, still need to keep your strength up. The answer with regards to what you should be eating after surgery is to eat soft foods and liquids such as smoothies and soups. These meals pack in plenty of nutrients so that you can still feel strong, despite not being able to eat a large number of foods.

Icing Up

Ice packs are your friend when recovering from surgery, they can greatly help in terms of reducing the swelling, as well as being able to numb the affected area, thus lowering the pain which you feel. If you don’t have any ice packs, you can easily use a pack of frozen veg, apply to the affected area for a long period of time to ensure that it can do its job.

Bleeding

Many will suffer bleeding after the surgery and so you should ensure that you know how best to manage this. The best bet is to use a small piece of folded gauze in the bleeding area. Place the gauze where the blood is, and bite down as hard as you can. The gauze will absorb the blood and you should change it hourly until the bleeding has stopped.