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How Soon After Wisdom Teeth Removal Can You Return to Work?

How Soon After Wisdom Teeth Removal Can You Return to Work?

At Topeka Oral Surgery, we understand the significance of a smooth recovery process after wisdom teeth removal. With approximately 5 million Americans undergoing this routine procedure annually, our focus remains on ensuring a swift recovery recuperation period. While the procedure itself is common, we prioritize providing support for patients during the temporary adjustments to diet, work commitments, and exercise routines. 

For those anticipating wisdom teeth extraction, gauging the duration of recovery necessary to resume daily activities may vary based on the complexity of the procedure.

Dietary Considerations After Wisdom Teeth Removal:

Immediate post-procedure, abstain from consuming any food or beverages to allow blood clots to form, safeguarding against infection and complications. Ideally wait 1-2 hrs after the procedure to ensure hemostasis to the surgical sites prior to introducing liquids and medications.

During the initial week of recovery, opt for soft and liquid nourishment while steering clear of sticky, sugary, chewy, crunchy, spicy, or acidic foods.
Recommended foods include yogurt, smoothies, mashed potatoes, and applesauce. Conversely, candies, caramels, chocolates, chips, pretzels, and similar items should be avoided.

Avoid beverages like coffee, alcohol, and carbonation which could provoke irritation at the surgical site, and refrain from using straws, which can dislodge blood clots. You can start to use straws after day 5.

Although individual healing varies, most individuals can resume their regular diet within one to two weeks.

Return to Work After Wisdom Teeth Removal:

The downtime post wisdom teeth extraction is generally brief, permitting a return to work or school within a few days to minimize disruption to one’s routine.
To optimize healing, it’s advisable to allocate a full 2-3 days for rest before resuming most daily activities. Simple actions such as talking, lifting, bending, and driving carry the risk of dislodging blood clots, potentially leading to dry socket—a painful complication predisposing the extraction sites to infection.

Engaging in Physical Activity After Wisdom Teeth Removal:

Topeka Oral Surgery suggests waiting at least seven days post-procedure before engaging in exercise or sports activities. This timeline may vary based on the complexity of the surgery, the number of teeth extracted, and the intensity of the desired physical activity.

Exercise elevates blood pressure, increasing the body’s demand for circulation. While regular physical activity is beneficial, premature exertion post-extraction can result in excessive bleeding from the extraction sites and prolonged healing.

Individuals with a regular exercise regimen are advised to consult with Dr. Streelman before surgery for tailored guidance as it may vary.

Learn More About Wisdom Teeth Extraction

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      Can I Eat After Wisdom Teeth Removal ?

      Can I Eat After Wisdom Teeth Removal ?

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      Topeka Oral Surgery offers expert care for wisdom tooth removal, ensuring a smooth recovery process. If you’re gearing up for wisdom teeth extraction, you might be curious about dietary adjustments during your healing period. It’s crucial to be mindful of what you eat to facilitate a speedy and hassle-free recovery.

      Post-Extraction Recovery

      After wisdom teeth removal, it’s advisable to wait at least an hour before removing any gauze bandages from the extraction sites. Once the bandages are off, you can gradually reintroduce liquids and a soft diet.  During the first 48 hrs we advise a more conservative diet.  After day 5 you can begin introducing normal foods again.. For expert care and guidance through your oral surgery journey, trust Topeka Oral Surgery.

      Your body usually naturally forms blood clots in the sockets left by the extracted teeth to safeguard nerves and bone underneath. To preserve these blood clots and aid in the healing process, opt for soft and liquid foods during the initial week of recovery, and avoid straws for the first 48 hrs. Depending on your progress, you may need to extend this phase.

      The key is to choose foods that require minimal or no chewing while ensuring essential nutrient intake. And remember, to reiterate, avoid using a straw, as it can dislodge blood clots, potentially leading to complications and infections.

      Recommended Foods

      Here are some soft and liquid options suitable for consumption post-wisdom teeth removal:

      Foods to Steer Clear Of

      The list of foods to avoid is extensive, but it’s crucial for a smooth recovery and to prevent complications. Here are some categories of foods to skip:
      1. Sugary Foods: High sugar content promotes oral bacteria growth, increasing infection risks. Avoid:
      2. Crunchy and Seedy Foods: These can hinder healing and may get lodged in extraction sites, leading to infection. Avoid:
      3. Acidic and Spicy Foods: These can irritate sensitive areas in your mouth during the healing phase. Steer clear of:

      Preparing for Wisdom Teeth Removal

      At Topeka Oral Surgery, we equip our patients with comprehensive guidance on what to anticipate and how to navigate the recovery journey after wisdom teeth removal.

      For more information on wisdom teeth removal and our services, visit our website.

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          Saturday: By Appointment
          Sunday: Closed
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          Saturday: By Appointment
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