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It’s almost always a good idea to have your wisdom teeth removed. Even if they manage to emerge without complications or impaction, they will still be prone to issues with tooth decay and gum disease. In most cases, a Stephen Kwitnicki, DDS dentist can extract your wisdom teeth in a single appointment. 

During the recovery phase, you will need to stick to a diet of soft foods like applesauce, mashed potatoes, and yogurt. Maintaining a healthy caloric intake will speed your body’s ability to heal. It’s also important to stay hydrated. You should drink plenty of fluids without using a straw, as the suction can harm the incisions or pull blood clots loose.

Don’t be alarmed if the incisions weep a little blood for a few days after the extraction. You can control the bleeding by lightly packing the area with sterile gauze. After the bleeding stops, you can rinse your mouth gently with lukewarm salt water to remove blood clots and soothe the gums.

Try to avoid using tobacco as it greatly irritates the gums, increasing recovery time and has the potential to cause a serious infection. You might consider talking to a physician about a tobacco cessation program before having your wisdom teeth extracted. Try to select a program that doesn’t call for using lozenges or nicotine gum as they could also irritate your gums.

If you have questions about how to have a speedy and complication-free recovery from wisdom tooth extraction, you can call Stephen Kwitnicki, DDS’s office in Union, New Jersey at 908-688-1160 to seek further advice. Dr. Stephen Kwitnicki and our team are always ready to help our patients achieve a healthy, confident smile!