Take Medication As Prescribed
After your wisdom teeth extraction procedure, you’ll most likely be given a prescription for a painkiller. Make sure you get the prescription filled, even if you don’t think you’ll need it. The reality is that you will probably be in pain for a couple of days, but if you follow the directions you’ve been given, your discomfort can be minimal. For some people, the first two days are the most difficult due to nausea that may be experienced with the medication, but you will want to have it on hand just in case.
Have Gauze On Hand
Your oral surgeon will most likely provide you with some gauze to take home after your wisdom teeth extraction to help with the bleeding of your sockets. But just in case, you may want to consider having a little extra on hand so that you or your caretaker don’t have to run to the store while you are recovering.
Don’t Use Straws
While it may seem like using a straw would be better for your mouth after surgery, don’t do it! Sucking on anything is one of the worst—and most painful—things you can do post wisdom teeth surgery. Using a straw can loosen the stitches that in turn cause dry sockets. Ouch! So be sure to also steer clear of slurping noodles, smoking, and making a sucking motion on your teeth or gums.
Plan On Being A Homebody For Awhile
One of the best remedies you can give yourself after your extraction procedure is to plan on not going anywhere for several days. Binge watch the television series you’ve wanted to watch. Catch up on a crossword puzzle between naps. Read, read, and read. All of these are examples of what you want to do to help your mouth heal faster. You’ll also want to have plenty of liquid/soft food on hand like broths, yogurt, green smoothies, applesauce, puddings, and mashed potatoes.
No-Cost Wisdom Teeth Removal Study
Paying to remove your wisdom teeth isn’t fun either, but it can also be made easier. Don’t let cost be a deterrent from you getting your wisdom teeth removed. One option available is a no-cost clinical research study being held in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Jean Brown Research, a Utah-based company, is conducting a clinical trial on a wisdom teeth extraction surgery and is accepting applications. Qualified participants may be compensated for time and travel.
Visit the Jean Brown Research wisdom tooth clinical study page to learn if you may qualify for wisdom teeth extraction in Utah at no charge.