After your wisdom teeth have been removed by an oral surgeon or a dentist, it requires thorough post-surgery care to ensure that you get a speedy and full recovery. When it comes to the time it takes to heal from tooth extraction, everyone is different.
It usually takes between 4 to 6 weeks for your gum to heal fully following tooth removal. Until then, it’s common to have food-trapping in the open socket. These food trappings might cause bad breath and also delay the healing process.
Why Use Irrigation Syringe?
It’s possible to have holes after the extraction of lower wisdom teeth for longer than 30 days. In such cases, food particles getting trapped in the empty socket can become a problem.
Of course, you can reduce the chances of food particles getting trapped or accumulating in the empty hole by using the other side of the mouth when eating but if food-trappings are becoming a problem, your dentist may supply you with a small plastic irrigator syringe for rinsing out your mouth.
Dental infections can occur if those food particles stay trapped in the sockets. The syringe should be used after every meal and before sleeping at night to flush food debris from the wisdom tooth extraction site.
Using the Syringe
If the dentist feels you need to use a syringe after your lower wisdom teeth have been extracted, he will ensure it becomes part of your post-operative care appointment. Typically, you will be advised to start using the syringe on the 3rd day after the extraction.
- Fill the plastic syringe with either salt water (1 tsp. of salt for every 8 oz. of water) or a prescription mouthwash such as Chlorhexidine.
- Using a mirror to look, insert the syringe’s curved tip down into the empty socket and push out the liquid from the syringe.
- Use 2-3 times daily or repeat as required.
It is important to ensure that the syringe tip is actually penetrating down into the socket when flushing the site.
It’s not mandatory that you get a syringe as part of your post-operative care. Sometimes, your oral surgeon or dentist may feel that using salt water will be sufficient for your particular case.
Generally, unless you have very severe cases of food trappings, rinsing with salt water does the trick and avoids the risk of infection or bad breath. A light rinse of mouthwash, preferably using chlorohexadine is good enough
Author: Peter Mayhew
Peter is a dental hygienist in the city of Chicago, IL. In his free time he likes to write blogs and product reviews on anything dental health related.