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6 Simple Ways to Speed Up Wisdom Teeth Surgery Recovery

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These are some of the little known ways to speed up your recovery time after wisdom teeth surgery.

by Dr. Burhenne

6 Simple Ways to Speed Up Wisdom Teeth Surgery Recovery

Don’t do what this woman’s doing — keep your head elevated for at least three days!

The best way to recover from wisdom teeth surgery is to follow your oral surgeon’s instructions religiously.

Not following the oral surgeon’s orders can result in a painful recovery, including getting a dry socket.

But aide from the regular protocol for how to recover from wisdom teeth surgery, here are some little known ways to make the healing process a little faster and less painful.

1. Prevent Getting a Dry Socket

2. Keep Your Head Elevated for the First Three Days

When you sleep, keep your head elevated with lots of pillows so your upper body is close to a 45 degree angle – this will help you recover faster from wisdom teeth surgery because blood vessel tone and blood volume near the wound change when lying flat, which can make the wound throb.

3. Ice the Area of the Cheek Closest to the Extraction Site for the First Day

Never apply heat to this area.

4. Don’t Let Your Mouth Dry Out

If you breathe through your mouth, use an oral cavity moisturizer.

5. Massage Your Masseter on Both Sides

To know where to massage your jaw joint, place your fingers just before the opening of each ear.

Massaging this area will help you recover faster from wisdom teeth surgery because the oral surgeon had your mouth wide open during the surgery, leading to myofacial pain and cramped or sore masseter muscles (one of your chewing muscles).

6. Drink Ice Cold Coconut Water Until You’re Able to Eat Soft Foods

Coconut water helps stabilize blood chemistry and electrolytes and helps to keep blood sugar stable while you’re not able to eat solid foods — all important to speeding up your recovery from wisdom teeth surgery.

Click here for a fantastic smoothie for recovering from wisdom teeth surgery that has coconut water in it as well as other ingredients that soothe the mouth and aid tissue rebuilding during recovery.

Mark Burhenne DDS

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