An aching wisdom tooth that just wants to be pulled out is the most daunting and painful experience that a teenage can experience.
The pain strikes through the brain making the pain more and more unbearableThat’s the reason a wisdom tooth needs to be taken out to ease the pain.
However, recovery is as painful as having the wisdom being there. The first few days can still be a pang of pain especially if you don’t know how to remedy the pain. There will be more sleepless nights. To help you sleep better, here’s a few remedies that you can do.
Sleeping Well After Wisdom Tooth Removal
Wisdom tooth recovery is no fun especially during bed time. It’s painful and uncomfortable. It’s a hard feeling especially when all you want is a good rest.
Try this out while recovering from a wisdom tooth removal:
- Elevate your head
The sleeping position matters on easing the pain from a wisdom tooth removal. On the first few days after your operation, use more pillows to achieve a body angle of 45 degree. Try practicing this sleeping position to improve your feeling and have the pain slowly go away. If you’re uncomfortable with using multiple pillows in one go, try using a travel pillow instead. This too, does a great job on elevating your head.
Most dentists highly recommend this sleeping position because elevating the head when sleeping can tone the blood vessels and blood volume on the wound. When laying flat, it makes the wound harder to relax. That’s why it feels painful. It also helps the wound to stop from swelling since the blood is circulating regularly.
- Ice those cheeks after the surgery
Just like injury of any other body part, your mouth area is pretty much injured. Wisdom teeth are huge to be taken out and that’s the reason why it creates a big impact with your mouth. After your wisdom tooth was removed, you need to ice it immediately or at least within 20 minutes from removal. You will need to keep icing it the whole time within 36 hours from the removal period.
Icing the affected cheek can soothe the pain and swelling from your wisdom tooth making you feel better especially during bed time. Using an ice pack within this period can make your recovery way faster since the wound heals by staying cold. To be comfortable while sleeping, you can get a head wrap ice pack that smartly attaches on your head so you don’t have to hold it.
- Gargle with salt water
Salt water has a lot of healing properties especially the ones that are highly saturated. This stops the inflammation from the wound where your wisdom tooth was taken out. It’s also hitting two birds with one stone since you’re also helping the rest of your gums to have a healthier condition. The pain eases out which helps you sleep better at night.
To make a salt water solution, all you need to do is mix: half a glass of warm water and 1 tablespoon of Himalayan salt or rock salt. Mix it well until the salt has dissolved. Gargle it around your mouth for about 30 seconds and spit it out. Do this routine at least thrice a day until you recover.
- Hydrate by drinking lots of water
Dry mouth can attract more bacteria and germs in your mouth. Never allow or leave your mouth dry throughout the day. Hydrate it with constant intake of fluids, especially water. The more bacteria that crowds your mouth, the more your wound becomes inflamed. Dryness messes up with the right amount of pH that your mouth needs to be balanced and without it, cavities can build up overtime.
Keep drinking water as a regular habit even after you recover. This will maintain your mouth, gums and teeth in a good state. They will thank you later. Make this as a part of your overall hygiene.
- Always prevent the dry socket
What makes it more uncomfortable when sleeping is when the blood clot on the wound was misplaced. Without the blood clot present, it can cause so much pain since it reveals the bone inside. More exposure can be prone to pain and sleepless nights. Never let this happen especially after the surgery and avoid touching it when eating.
Make sure you follow your dentist’s advice when you come home to avoid this problem. Make sure you don’t take out the gauze when you don’t have a replacement yet. Always have a water soaked gauze handy when replacing the old ones and apply immediately. When rinsing with salt water, do not swish it too much and do it slow. Turn into a soft diet for the mean time until you recover for best results.
- Practice proper oral hygiene
Still brush your teeth, tongue and cheeks constantly but do it slow as well as when you gargle. Don’t do more. As long as you’re maintaining it to be clean, it becomes less painful. Clean your teeth three times a day just like what the dentist advises.
- Rest a LOT
It might be hard to sleep or rest well when the pain is still there but when you’re lack of rest, it makes your recovery slow. Try to rest and do not exert extra effort that can have your wound bleed a lot. Do away with lifting weights. For now, a good bed rest is the best solution.
We hope that these remedies can help you sleep better after your wisdom tooth removal. Stay safe and healthy!