Wisdom Teeth Extraction: 7 Essentials for a Fabulous Recovery!

My oral surgery experience was pretty fabulous. I never imagined that getting 4 teeth extracted could be SUCH a breeze!

WARNING: I’ve posted a picture of my extracted wisdom teeth at the very end of this post. 😛

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By the time we reached home I was starting to feel a pretty persistent ache in one of the lower gums. I took my first pain med and ate some ice cream {it was afternoon and I hadn’t had any food or water in over 15 hours}.

Goal #1 – stop the bleeding.

Day 1 I was told to change the gauze every 30 min – 1 hour. While chomping down on thick squares of gauze isn’t exactly the most comfortable piece of reality, this only lasted until bed time, at which point the bleeding had stopped. I found later on in the afternoon that replacing the gauze with 2 black tea bags really seemed to drastically slow the bleeding. I wish I had taken this step earlier on, because the tea really sped up the process of helping the blood clot.

Goal #2 – No pain {haha!}.

I was so blessed to have incredibly minimal pain throughout the first 4 days. It took a while for the pain meds {from surgery} to wear off … at which point I began apply Clove Bud Essential Oil to the gums further up {next to the teeth still in tact}. By the end of the first day I was using a Q-tip or plastic dropper to apply drops of Clove Bud Essential Oil straight to the areas where the teeth had been pulled. It’s amazing how fast the numbing effect kicks in. From then on, Clove Bud Essential Oil was my favorite pain med. I used an entire bottle over those 3 days… as long as I kept it on my gums, I really had no pain – or feeling in my mouth for that matter lol. In fact, I really never experienced pain  – because if something started to hurt, I re-applied the clove and voila!

Goal #3 – Prevent / reduce swelling.

As cute as the illustration might sound, I had not intentions of looking like a chipmunk. Everyone says day 3 is the worst. I barely noticed swelling on day 1. Day 2 was the worst, but still very minimal. I felt like my face was a bit fuller but nothing terrible. Day 3 I felt pretty much back to normal. This was hugely attributed to 3 products that I used faithfully. Plantain Infused Oil, Deep Healing Essential Oil Blend, and Deep Healing Herbal Soak {I would dip a paper towel in the tea and keep it on my jaw / cheek line with some plastic wrap over top – under the ice pack wrap}. The oral surgeon saw pictures from my surgery when I went back in for my checkup and was amazed at how minimal my swelling was. Ice is fabulous people, but I can’t tell you how incredible the difference was with these anti-inflammatory products!

IMG_9075  {After coming home from surgery- Day 1}

 

Goal #4 – Prevent Dry Socket and Infection!

I’ve heard my share of stories about dry socket. Yikes! How to swish with salt water – hard enough to wash away the buildup of foods but not so hard that it rips out the scabs and result in dry socket?!  I was a bit nervous about the whole thing, but in the end when I went for my checkup she barely had to clean the areas and said my gums looked fantastic! I’m pretty confident that applying an entire bottle of Clove Bud Essential Oil in 3 days helped prevent infection + speed up the healing. If anything helps fight infection, Clove Bud is the first ingredient that comes to mind. 🙂

Purchase the Oral Surgery Care Kit HERE.

 

Not only did I accomplish all of these goals effectively and quickly, but my oral surgery experience went from tolerable to fabulous.

And how did this happen? Why some of my favorite essential remedies! 😉

  1. Chomp down on some black tea bags during the first 24 hours while waiting for the bleeding to stop. You can gently replace the gauze with the tea bags for periods of time. Refresh them by dipping them back into a cup of water to avoid drying them out too much.
  2. Start applying Clove Bud Oil to the gums as soon as your pain meds from the oral surgery experience begin to wear off. Use a plastic pipette, dropper, or q-tip to apply some oil straight to the gum areas. The oil is “spicy” or “hot” so it is most comfortable to keep it confined to the specific areas. Within about 40-60 seconds you should feel it numbing and the “spicy” feel will go away. Apply Clove Oil every few hours or whenever it wears off. You may easily use a 10 ml bottle over 3 days – possibly more if you use it like I did!
  3.  Prepare a tea from the Deep Healing Herbal Blend and soak a thin cloth or paper towel. Place along the jaw and cheek {chin and sides of the face} followed by a layer of plastic wrap and then your face wrap or ice packs. This can be refreshed a few times daily.
  4. Apply Deep Healing Essential Oil Blend and Plantain Oil to the face every few hours. 
  5. Prepare a pitcher of the Mint Medley Tea cold with some honey or sweetener. Keep in the refrigerator and sip slowly on cups throughout the day to help with bleeding, inflammation, and pain. I found that it was so pleasant and soothing to (very gently) swish mouthfuls of it around. The cold was amazing on my gums and peppermint and spearmint are incredibly anti-inflammatory and pain relieving.
  6. On day 4 or whenever the tension and tightness kick in, switch from ice packs to the Cherry Therapy pac – which can be heated for 2 minutes in the microwave and provides incredible relief!

 

Guess what?! All of these products are now available in a kit for your convenience! Enjoy all of the products that made my surgery fabulous, without paying hefty prices on individual items for your recovery. Everything you need is right here!

Purchase the Oral Surgery Care Kit HERE.

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Observations

  • The Clove Bud Essential Oil was hands-down my FAVORITE pain remedy. I discovered that I really didn’t even need the prescribed pain meds – and the few that I did take were not nearly as effective as the Clove Oil {which I was more faithful to apply after day 2 when this observation was made}. However, I found it helpful to take either a pain med or some Ibuprofen right before bed, as the Clove Oil would sometimes wear off before I fell asleep {making it difficult to then fall asleep}.
  • Days 4-7 were actually the worst for pain {and by pain I am referring to what was more a persistent, dull ache that was very tolerable}. This was the “tight / sore” pain that resulted in feeling like my gums were going to split open. I found that HEAT {not cold} was extremely effective for me. My Cherry THERA-PIT-IC Pac became my best friend. You really wouldn’t believe HOW true this is.

And for all of those who are like me … I should hope that after going through such an experience you’d want to see just what exactly they extracted from you that was such a big deal?! Figures I’d pull these out of the bag as soon as I got into the car from the oral surgeon’s office. 😉 LOL! They are pretty gross.

 Check out that cavity! The two top teeth both had decay. Glad to have them GONE! 😀

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9 thoughts on “Wisdom Teeth Extraction: 7 Essentials for a Fabulous Recovery!

  1. Were you prescribed antibiotics after? Would love to know, they’ll be prescribing me some and after doing a little research I’m thinking I may not fill the prescription…

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    • Hi Chelsea! I was prescribed pain meds and because I wasn’t sure what to expect I filled them and took them! I discovered part way through that the pain meds weren’t doing much but the Clove was working wonders. So I started just applying the Clove Oil every time it wore off. I used the whole bottle in 3 days. I don’t remember any other prescription, I mainly just used my own products. The Clove is extremely anti-bacterial and infection fighting so I never dealt with any issues after.

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  2. I’m on day 5 – and totally hear you on the pain being worse further along! I’m going to go try some heat instead of the ice that hasn’t quite been doing it’s usual thing! Thanks so much for sharing your experience!

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