RINSING and CLEANING
If possible, the patient should not rinse his mouth for twenty four hours following wisdom teeth extraction or any other extraction.
For the following 7 to 10 days after the patient should rinse the socket clean with warm salty water to remove food from the
The patient should rinse the
As soon as it is comfortable to do so, the patient should gently brush the wound while brushing your teeth. This will keep the wound clean and will help stitches to dissolve. The
Avoid eating and hot liquid for about 3 hours or as long as the face is numb. A soft diet is advisable after this but the patient can eat what he can tolerate. Excessive chewing or hot liquids may cause more bleeding, so it is best to go gently.
The patient should avoid smoking for at least four days. Smoking delays all wound healing and increases the risk of infection. The more the patient smokes, the more likely he will be lightly to develop an infection. If the patient does develop an infection after wisdom teeth extraction, it will be quiet painful and take a week or more to resolve.
The patient is strongly advised not to drink alcohol, if he has received sedation. Even if he has not been sedated, alcohol is best avoided on the day of surgery as it may encourage bleeding.
The cause is unknown. The symptoms vary from mild to intense pain which may come on immediately after the dental extraction or approximately 3 days later and last between 10 and 14 days. On rare occasions the symptoms may last much longer.
The pain can be extreme and will not relieved by painkillers. The pain can be constant and may keep you awake at night. Antibiotics will make no difference. Painkillers are generally ineffective. There is no effective treatment which a dentist can offer. It is best not to disturb the