Sunday, 15 April 2018

Tips for Widsom Teeth Removal

For all of you who need your wisdom teeth removed, I sympathise with you! I know how shit it is so I’ve put together a survival post for you!  I had 3 of my wisdom teeth removed (I didn't have a 4th) and it was awful but there are some things you can do to lesson the blow.

  • Get some of those frozen gel packs but don’t freeze them!  This sounds obvious but when they’re frozen they are solid and it hurts your jaw more actually trying to scrunch it around. Put them in the fridge instead! Easy to lie on or hold up to your face and the cool pack feels soooo good when you’re entire jaw is swollen!
  • Have some medical gauze handy in case your wounds bleed – biting down on the gauze will help the blood clot set.
  • Get some protein shakes at the ready!  You probably won’t be able to eat for a few days but your body will heal faster if you get some nutrients.   I drank some protein powder and some meal shakes during my recovery and I think it helped a lot.
  • Do not drink the shakes / anything else through a straw.   I know it’s tempting but the suction can cause your wound to bleed and dislodge the clot which could lead to dry socket.
  • Stack those pillows high!  To help reduce swelling keep your head propped up.  Sleep with your head elevated too.
  • Get some good mouthwash beforehand, I used corsodyl.  It helps healing and keeps the wound clean. Don’t rinse your mouth vigorously though in case it dislodges the clot.
  • Have your medication handy! Take it on time and it’ll help control the pain. 
  • Rest as much as you can for at least a few days. 
  • Have some lip balm handy because your lips will probably be dry and sore. 

I had mines removed under general anesthetic and I don't react well to going under so I was sick for the first day, which i expected but the sickness continued over the weekend and I realised that my tummy was just rejecting the pain killers.  The pain was unreal and the sickness caused one of my stitches to burst.  If this happens to you contact the doctor or surgeon straight away and they can prescribe you something to line your stomach.  It was much more bearable with some painkillers!

No doubt it is a hard thing to go through and you won't feel great but it is worth it in the long run.  For years I had pain and infections and now I never need to deal with it again - gotta look on the bright side!
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