Sore throats after wisdom teeth removal have been one of the aftereffects many patients are having post wisdom teeth extraction.
If you have had your wisdom teeth removed, chances are that you are riddled with not just sore throat, but other discomforting pains. We have discussed more solutions for those pains on our side effects after wisdom teeth extraction post.
Here, we are going to focus on detailing all about Sore throats after wisdom teeth removal and what you need to do to remedy the situation. Having a sore throat after wisdom tooth removal is normal but, it could be bad if it extends to certain days.
Sore Throat after Wisdom Teeth Removal
The cause of sore throat after a wisdom tooth extraction is the sore and swollen muscles near the surgical site. Your jaw may feel sore, stiff, or tender too. They are all part of the swollen jaw and facial muscles. Not all patience experiences sore throat after wisdom teeth removal, it depends on how severe your surgery was.
Is a sore throat normal after wisdom teeth removal?
Sore throat after wisdom teeth removal is normal; however, it should not exceed 3 to 4 days. Your soreness should start diminishing within 3 days upward. If after 3 to 4 days, you are experiencing an increase in pain, you should see your dentist immediately.
How to treat sore throat after wisdom teeth removal
To treat sore throat after wisdom teeth removal, you will do the following:
Salt And Water: Dissolve ½ of a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water, gargle with it in your mouth and spit it out. It is very important that you do not swallow it. Also, be careful while spitting out the salt water, do not use force to avoid forcing out the blood clot which will cause a dry socket.
Avoid Smoking: Need I remind you that smoking is prohibited after wisdom teeth extraction? Even though you are not allowed to smoke yet, being around a smoky area could worsen your sore throat, avoid such places.
Hot Tea: Sore throats can be soothed with warm teas like peppermint or chamomile. This is a quick and easy remedy. Hydration and flushing out bacteria can be done with water and other non-citrus fluids.
Cold Treats: In order to calm the swelling and sore throat caused by wisdom teeth removal, sucking ice cubes, ice lollipops, hard sweets, Popsicles, lozenges, and ice cream or other cold treats may decrease the pains internally. Avoid sucking anything while your tooth extraction site is still within 48 hours after. Make sure to ask your dentist when it’s okay for you to use straws.
Choose Soft Foods: Eat soft food at regular meal times. However, choose soft foods that are easy to swallow and won’t stick in your throat. Yogurt, soup, and ice cream can soothe sore throats.
It is normal for your throat to itch for a few days following tooth removal. However, if it persists for more than seven days or if you are unable to speak for any reason, it may be a sign that something is wrong.
Get rid of sore throat after wisdom teeth removal
Clean humidifier: This humidifier will increase the moisture level in the air and keep your throat and the nasal passage from drying. This improves your breathing and helps you sleep better at night.
It is best to limit your humidifier use to 8-12 hours per day. This is not a hard and fast rule. Humidifiers can create excessive moisture in your home which is not always a good thing.
Lemon and Horney: Like saltwater and honey they are great for sore throats. They can help to break down mucus and provide pain relief. Lemons are rich in vitamin C, which can boost immunity and help fight infection.
For sore throats, squeeze one lemon into a cup of warm liquid. Add a teaspoon of honey or agave to the mixture. The astringent juice will help shrink the swollen neck tissue and create an environment hostile (acidic), to bacteria and viruses. Never give honey to a child under one year of age.
Ask Your Doctor Ask: Your doctor or pharmacist may recommend other alternatives like over-the-counter medicines that can help you feel better. Always use over-the-counter medicines as directed.
Can you use sore throat spray after wisdom teeth removal?
You can use Chloraseptic Sore Throat spray. It can relieve a sore throat.
Chlorhexidine throat Spray, Lozenges, and Dental Treatments (including dental gel and mouthwash) can all be used by both adults and children 12 and older. Some mouthwashes and sprays containing chlorhexidine may contain small amounts of alcohol. Ask your pharmacist, dentist, or doctor about medications that do not contain alcohol.
Before you eat or drink, wait between 30 and 60 minutes after using a spray, lozenges, or dental gel. This allows the medicine to fully work.
Side effects of the lozenges, throat sprays, and dental treatments include dry mouth and stained teeth.
Apply a cold pack to your face for the first 24 hours following surgery. Hold it for 15-20 minutes and then return it back to the freezer.
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.