Any extreme or high-intensity exercise, intercourse and even kissing should be avoided in the initial 24 hours following a tooth extraction. This is because vigorous activity causes your heart to beat faster, potentially dislodging blood clots that have already formed.
Always prioritize your recovery and consult with a dental professional for personalized guidance. By doing so, you can minimize pain, discomfort and risk of complications when resuming intimacy.
Wait for the Sockets to Heal
After wisdom teeth removal, there may be a small hole left behind in the place of your extracted tooth. This is a normal part of the healing process. The tooth socket will fill in with gum tissue or bone over time.
Keeping the mouth clean is important to speed recovery. Brush your teeth gently around the surgical site and rinse with warm salt water six times a day (1/2 teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water). Avoid using mouthwash containing alcohol, as this can irritate the wound.
Some oozing and bleeding is expected immediately after surgery, and may continue for a few hours. If you experience excessive bleeding, call the office right away. It is also important to keep the gauze pack in place until it stops bleeding, or you are able to replace it with fresh gauze.
Spitting, the use of a straw and poking at the surgical site can dislodge the blood clot and cause pain and an infection. It is best to drink liquids without a straw and avoid carbonated beverages while the extraction site heals.
It is also a good idea to avoid chewy foods for several days and to stop drinking coffee, tea or soda. It is also a good idea to stop smoking, as it can increase the risk of complications after wisdom teeth removal.
The recovery process is a time to take things easy. Any physical exertion that increases your heart rate should be avoided after tooth extraction to prevent complications like dry socket. Sexual activity and extreme cardio exercise should also be avoided for at least 24 hours.
It is important to remember that your body needs time to form a blood clot in the empty tooth socket to ensure proper healing. The best way to avoid a dislodged clot is to not kiss, or engage in any oral activity that puts pressure on the extraction site until it has healed completely.
If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort after surgery, consult with your dentist for personalized guidance to safely resume intimacy. In addition, be aware of any medications that may affect libido, including anti-inflammatories, sleep aids, or antibiotics.
Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars that usually begin to grow in the late teens or early 20s and can cause problems if they erupt impacted or crowded. If they do not come in properly, they can cause damage to surrounding teeth and the jaw bone.
Most dental professionals recommend their removal to reduce the risk of infection and other problems associated with impacted or crowded wisdom teeth. However, only your child’s dentist can decide if they should be removed and when.
Take It Slow
Most people will experience pain, swelling, and oozing for 3 days following wisdom teeth removal. Pain and discomfort will be worst on days two and three, as the anesthetic will have worn off by this time. If the pain, bruising, or bleeding increases after these days and doesn’t subside, reach out to your oral surgeon as this could be a sign of dry socket, which can be extremely painful and lead to infection.
During the recovery period, it is important to follow your oral surgeon’s instructions carefully to ensure a quick and healthy recovery. This includes eating soft foods and avoiding drinking through a straw or spitting, as these actions can dislodge blood clots. It’s also a good idea to use a child’s toothbrush with soft bristles in the area of the extraction site, to prevent food accumulation and bacterial plaque buildup that can slow healing.
It’s also important to keep the head elevated with pillows while sleeping, as this can reduce swelling. If you’re concerned about neck stiffness after surgery, you can try using a wedge pillow to support the head and reduce achy joints. Stiffness may be caused by inflammation of the jaw muscles and usually resolves within a few weeks. It is best to take a few days off from work if you can, as this will help to promote proper healing.
Listen to Your Body
You will likely feel nauseous or sleepy in the first day or two after oral surgery as the sedative and/or anesthesia wears off. This can impact your ability to perform sexually and may also aggravate any pain or discomfort. It is important to communicate with your partner and wait until you are both feeling well enough to resume intimacy.
You should also avoid brushing around the wound area as it can dislodge a blood clot. Additionally, it is a good idea to avoid any rigorous or highly cardio activity until your body has formed a firm blood clot. Additionally, oral sexual intercourse should be avoided until the wound has fully healed for a few days.
It is essential to listen to your body and consult with your dentist for personalized guidance when resuming physical activities. By balancing caution with gradual reintroduction, you can enjoy your intimate life without interrupting the healing process or risking complications. You should also prioritize your recovery and take any medications as directed to manage any side effects that may impact your performance. By being honest about your limitations and seeking professional advice, you can have a positive experience during this transitional period of your relationship.