Taking care of your mouth after wisdom teeth removal can be difficult. We address the common problems of bleeding, numbness mouthwash and using gauze after wisdom teeth removal.
Bleeding After Wisdom Teeth Removal
The first thing you will notice after wisdom teeth removal is bleeding after wisdom teeth removal. Bleeding from your gums where your wisdom teeth were removed from is something that everyone experiences after wisdom teeth removal.
For most people bleeding normally lasts for about 30-60 minutes immediately after wisdom teeth removal. The blood flow slows down markedly after the 45 minute mark provided you continue to bite down on the gauze provided. If bleeding continues for longer than an hour and hasn’t slowed down then contact your dentist or doctor to seek advice. It may be that your extraction was difficult and more gum had to be removed which is causing the additional bleeding.
If the bleeding is continuing and you have regained full feeling in your face from after the anesthetic. It has been suggested that cold ice packs on the side of your mouth will assist in stopping the bleeding faster. Please note that as your face will be numb from the anesthetic it is not recommended to do this until you are sure you have full feeling back as you may suffer from accidental frost burn.
Note: It is normal to have a little bit of bleeding for a couple of days after the extraction – particularly after eating.
Numbness After Wisdom Teeth Removal
In order to make your wisdom teeth removal easier it is common practice for dentists to administer local anesthetic in the area where the teeth are being extracted. This means that you will not feel a thing as your teeth are being pulled, but it also means that you will experience numbness after wisdom teeth removal. The numbness lasts for anywhere between 30 minutes and a couple of hours. You will start to regain feeling in your mouth as the anesthetic wears off.
Note: Most people only start feeling pain after the anesthetic starts to wear off.
If you have persistent numbness after wisdom teeth removal, which is still there after 3-4 hours without any signs of receding – please contact your dentist or doctor to seek advice.
Gauze¬†After Wisdom Teeth Removal
In order to stop the bleeding after wisdom teeth removal the dentist will ask you to continue biting on gauze in a bid to help the wound form a blood clot so the healing process can begin. The dentist will normally provide you with a couple of spare pieces of sterile gauze sponges which should be swapped out with the ones in your mouth every 20-30 minutes until the bleeding stops or slows to a point that the gauze is no longer required.
Remember: For the gauze to be effective you will need to bite down on the gauze firmly.
Alcohol After Wisdom Teeth Removal
You should not consume any alcohol for the first 24 hours after wisdom teeth removal as this will increase the time it takes for the wound to heal and may increase bleeding.
Mouthwash¬†After Wisdom Teeth Removal
The day after you have had your wisdom teeth removed you should start rinsing your mouth with warm salt water 4 to 5 times daily for the next 5 to 6 days. This aids in preventing infection inside of the wound.
Do not use normal mouthwash after wisdom teeth removal until the wound has healed as most mouthwashes contain a large amount of alcohol which can interrupt the healing process.
Smoking After Wisdom Teeth Removal
If you are a smoker you will need to abstain from smoking for at least 48 hours after wisdom teeth removal.