Post # 1
Ok I realize this is a “stupid” question I should have asked my oral surgeon. But whatever. I got my wisdom teeth removed exactly a week ago. So, when am I “out of the woods” as far as getting dry socket??? I (think) my stiches have dissolved (my wisdom teeth were growing weird so I can’t see the sockets really well…). Pain has been very minimal (just some jaw soreness).
I want to know when I can use a straw again. lol!! Also, I want to go back on my birth control pills (I still have a couple of refills before my prescription runs out), but I’ve heard that BCP increase the likelihood for dry socket. So, I don’t want to start taking them again and developing dry socket!!
Also, when should I stop the warm salt water rinses? Jeez, too bad I didn’t think of all these questions before the procedure when the nurse lady said “do you have any questions.” Heh!
Post # 4
@doxielove: Have you scheduled a check-up consultation with your oral surgeon? I only had two of mine out and met with him a week after the surgery just to ensure everything was healing up okay. He told me to avoid straws just for about a week after the surgery, but my surgery was not very invasive as I only had two and they were not imbedded deeply into my gums. If your stitches have dissolved and you’re not having pain or bleeding, these are good signs, but I would still check in anyways.
Post # 5
i think it depends on the person. I got all 4 of mine out – all impacted – and after 2 days i was smoking and drinking out of straws. haha. i think generally, it’s only like 24 hours but i think they just tell you a week just to be extra sure. But like i said, everyone is different
Post # 6
@brideatbeach: Before the extraction, I asked my surgeon if I needed to come back to get the stiches out, and he said there was no need to come back in. The office called the day after, too, to check in and see how I was doing. No one mentioned a follow-up appointment. Jerks!!! <<the office, not you guys 🙂
Post # 7
Like RockStar33 said it depends on the person, I had 3 taken out when I was 30 and was eating nachos and burritos the next day…..
Post # 8
This topic makes me cringe. Let’s see…I ate soft food for a few days and then was able to use a straw. But you have to be careful because I remember that I would get food caught in the little holes (GAG) and it would actually hurt after a while. I remember I had to go back in and they filled the holes with these antiseptic strips of gauze that numbed everything but made my food taste like crap. So glad to never have to go through that again.
Post # 9
I think after a week you are just fine. I had mine out a couple years ago and remember they said the first 3 days to eat soft stuff cause you don’t want to disturb the clots that form to heal the gums. I’ve heard if you get a dry socket, the pain will be excruciating. I think a straw is ok since you are mostly likely out of the woods.
Post # 10
I don’t bouce back quickly. I think I was on a jello, applesacue, mashed potato diet for at least 10 days due to pain after having 4 impacted teeth removed.
I’d say 2 weeks and maybe then you’re out of the woods for dry sockets. Just a guess!
Post # 11
@sienna76: 2 weeks was my initial guess. But then I was thinking about how wounds normally heal, and it doesn’t take 2 weeks for something to clot, etc. I’ve heard the mouth heals rather quickly, too. But I am nooooooooo doctor!!!!
Maybe I’ll stick to 2 weeks, anyways…
Post # 12
I had 2 removed in the dentist chair. Top ones. Will probably need last one done in surgery. Not causing any immediate problems. It took me about a week to totally recover but the next day was drinking and eating (both around Christmas time)
Post # 13
That’s strange – every time I’ve had oral surgery, I’ve had a follow-up appointment to remove stitches, clean the area, and make sure I could eat tortilla chips again.
Out of curiosity, were your teeth pulled or removed surgically? Healing time is much shorter if they were just pulled out once they had already come in – so maybe they didn’t think you needed another appointment if the stitches will just dissolve on their own.
I really think you should call the office and get these answers. However, I have had two oral surgeries in the last year, and I was able to stop the big-time pain meds after one week, able to eat most things within about 2 weeks, and fully healed within a month of the surgery. Mine were both very invasive (gum grafts and a crown lengthening with stitches that had to be removed later), so hopefully you will heal much faster than that! It’s good that you don’t have much pain – if something was wrong, it would hurt.
I would think that once your stitches have dissolved, a straw is okay, but I’m not 100% sure (it’s been a LONG time since my wisdom teeth were removed, and I rarely use straws). And I’d probably keep rinsing as long as you feel it’s keeping your mouth/sockets clean. Once you are able to resume normal oral hygiene, you probably don’t need to rinse anymore – but if you still have to be careful with your toothbrush/mouthwash, then the rinses will probably help clean out anything you’re leaving behind. Better safe than sorry on that one!
As far as BC goes, did a doctor tell you to stop taking it to avoid dry socket, or did you just decide to do that based on what you’d heard? I think that unless a doctor told you to do it, you can probably start again whenever you want. Otherwise, I’d call the doctor who told you to stop it, and ask them when you can start again.
Hope This Helps. Eat lots of protein so you can heal quickly and get back to those crunchy foods and straws!
Post # 14
I had mine out in December and I haven’t had a follow-up but I have been back to my regular dentist.
When I went into the regular dentist about 6 weeks after, she told me to avoid straws and that the edges of my sockets were still a bit rough. I probably jumped back into regular food too quickly, which is why.
Avoid the straws for at least a few more weeks!
Post # 15
@vegempanada: Thanks for all the info! To answer your questions, I know none of my teeth were impacted. This is going to sound really ignorant, but I really don’t know if they just pulled them or what. I know they had to use all these different tools, but to be quite honest I was too high on the Nitrous to care what exactly they were doing haha! I went off the BCP a couple of months ago, for reasons unrelated to my wisdom teeth (DH and I had plans to TTC, but pushed that back. So, back on the pill I go!)
Thanks for all the advice/stories!!!
Post # 16
I would say 2 weeks but I would recommend calling to ask! That’s what they are there for!