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What to Expect After Wisdom Teeth Removal

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Most people get their wisdom teeth removed when they’re young and their bodies are good at rapidly healing. Some people, though, don’t get their wisdom teeth removed until they absolutely have to or when they have the financial resources to. Here are a few things you should know about wisdom teeth removal.

How Long Will I Feel Pain After Wisdom Teeth Removal?

One of the first things you should do after wisdom tooth extraction is ice the area. But you may not know that ice has almost no beneficial effect on swelling after 24 hours. It may help to control pain though, so by all means, continue to ice if it helps. Swelling, jaw stiffness, and general discomfort can last anywhere from 7-14 days. Take it easy, and soon you will be back to normal.

What Should I NOT Do After Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Most importantly, keep your mouth clean, and don’t eat anything chewy, sticky, or crunchy. You can brush your teeth the night of surgery, but rinse gently! You should rinse 5-6 times a day following surgery. After eating, very gently rinse with warm water mixed with a teaspoon of salt.

What Can I Eat After a Wisdom Tooth Removal?

This is usually the thing people want to know the most. Healing from any tooth extraction can take anywhere from 1 to 2 weeks. Fortunately, you’ll be able to eat before being fully healed. The specific foods you’ll be restricted from eating include the obvious: crunchy foods, sticky foods, etc. Stick to soft foods – such as soups, yogurts, and smoothies – following any tooth extraction, but do not use a straw! The sucking action can be bad for the extraction sites.

Check out our blog post on what kinds of foods are best for your mouth after dental surgery.

At Stono Dental Care, we will give you a thorough, detailed guide on how to take care of yourself following wisdom teeth removal. For more specific questions, schedule an appointment today! We look forward to providing you with gentle care to create a healthy and shining smile.

If you would like to learn more about Wisdom teeth removal, be sure to check out our main Wisdom Teeth Removal service page.

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Senior and High-Risk Patient Hours 9 AM – 11 AM on Mondays and Thursdays

Over the next few weeks, we will slowly start to reopen our practice. As most of you know, most dental problems get worse overtime, and we want to treat dental issues before they become bigger problems. We want to ensure our patients that we are taking COVID-19 (and all infectious diseases) seriously and are adding extra precautions to protect you and our team.

We are offering special hours and accommodations for our senior and high-risk patients:

  1. Special hours: We are reserving 9 AM – 11 AM on Mondays and Thursdays for our seniors and high-risk patients.
  2. Mobile check-in: There will be no need for you to come into the waiting area. When you arrive, text 843-779-9096 or call 843-203-5429 to let us know that you are here. We will come to your car, bring you in the side door, and take you directly into a treatment room.
  3. First in room: You will be the first patient using the treatment room in at least 36 hours, since we are not normally open on the weekends or Wednesdays.
  4. Paperwork: Any paperwork that you need to complete will be sent to you via email or text so that you can complete it on your own device. We will also allow you to complete the paperwork in the treatment room using paper or a disinfected iPad.
  5. Mask: If you do not have a mask, one will be given to you to enter and exit the office. Our team will keep masks on when we are within 6 feet of you. Since we will be wearing masks, please forgive us if it makes communication harder and please know that we are still smiling underneath.
  6. Closed rooms: Each of our treatment rooms are closed with walls and doors and have their own air return vent. Closed rooms are very effective at keeping potential diseases from spreading from room-to-room.
  7. Check-out: The check-out process will be performed in the treatment rooms. After you are finished, you will leave the office through the side door and avoid the waiting area.
  8. Additional screenings: We will be screening all patients and team members for travel, symptoms associated with COVID-19, and contact with anyone showing symptoms associated with COVID-19 or contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case. The temperatures of all patients and team members will be recorded.
  9. Mouth rinse: All patients will use a mouth rinse to destroy viruses and kill bacteria before treatment.
  10. Limit office traffic: We will require all non-essential families/friends to stay at home or wait in their vehicles during appointments.
  11. Infection control: We will continue our normal practice of following universal precautions, as we always do. This means after every patient, the room will be disinfected with chemicals that have been shown to be effective against the coronavirus in 30 seconds (Optim1), the instruments will be sterilized, and our team will continue to wear appropriate protective equipment such as mask and gloves.
  12. Addition cleaning: More frequent sanitation processes for the reception area and bathrooms.
  13. Suctions: As many of you know, we have always used special suctions. Not only do these suctions isolate the area being worked on and protect patient, they also prevent the spread of disease.
  14. Clean air: We have added additional air purification systems to our office.
  15. Stono Dental Care is taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our patients and team. Thank you for your patience and please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

    Take care,
Andy Game, DMD, MBA

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