My daughter is getting her wisdom teeth removed. Because I’m me, I’m already prepping to ensure her recovery goes as smoothly as possible.
Typically when I plan for a surgery recovery I do exactly what you’re doing: pour over Pinterest articles looking for advice. This surgery is a little easier on me as I’ve had my wisdom teeth removed. I’ve been going through multiple dental implant surgeries which has a similar recovery.
What You Will Need For Comfort
Go to amazon and your local drug store and stock up on the following.
Ice Packs: For the first 24 hours you are going to need to do 20 min on, 20 min off with ice packs. If you’ve read any of my articles you know I stress that you need A LOT of ice packs. They defrost fast and take forever to freeze back up. My go-to ice pack is the magic bag. This has helped me out through every surgery. For wisdom teeth though I’m purchasing specific ice packs for the jaw. I found this one, this one, and this one. I’ll update you after her recovery to let you know which ones are my fav!
Heating Pad: After 24 hours you will need to use heating pads at 20 min on, 20 min off. You can still use ice, and do what feels the most comfortable. My heating pad is this one. I love it because it’s super bendy. You can wrap it around your face for maximum comfort. These microwaveable heating pads are also a hit in my house. I’m also a huge fan of this heated pillow. Not only is it a heating pad, but it’s a pillow that you will need to help prop you up.
Pillows: If you know me, you know pillows are so important for your recovery! For any dental surgery, you need to be propped up to prevent swelling and allow drainage. My number one recommendation is the heated pillow I mentioned above. It’s a heating pad in a pillow! I’ll also be lending her my chair pillow, travel pillow, and my V-shaped pillow. For this surgery, I’m adding a new pillow! The wedge pillow.
Bed Tray: This bed tray has gone through so many surgeries, flues, and colds. It makes my life easier to keep people in bed while they eat.
What You Will Need For Medical Supplies
Your doctor will send you off with a care package. You want to ensure you already have the supplies at home as the care package will run out quickly.
What You Will Need For Food
You’re going to be on a soft food diet for a bit. I have an article I’ve already written on what I recommend for soft food diets.
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