January 18, 2021
Are you scheduled to visit an oral surgeon soon to get your wisdom teeth removed? After surgery, your range of activities are going to be limited while your body heals. While the recovery period can be restful, you may start feeling a bit of cabin fever after a couple days. To help fight off boredom, here is a list of the top 6 activities patients can enjoy while recovering from wisdom teeth extractions in Denver.
1. Read a Good Book
Getting lost reading an adventure novel or expanding your knowledge with a work of nonfiction can help your recovery time fly by. Swing by the local library before your oral surgery to stock up on a few good books or download them directly to an E-reader. If you need suggestions, ask your librarian, a friend, or search online for “Best Books of 2020”.
2. Discover New Music
Listening to music can help create a relaxing, peaceful environment while you recover. Turning on the radio or exploring a music streaming service can also lead you to find new bands and artists to add to your list of favorites. While you are enjoying listening to music, try to avoid the temptation to dance vigorously or bounce around.
3. Watch a Movie Marathon
Whether you prefer re-watching the adventures of a young wizard or catching up on the latest superhero flicks, a movie marathon can be an enjoyable way to pass the time after oral extraction surgery. Just be sure to skip the bowl of popcorn, as small pieces can easily get stuck in the extraction site. Try snacking on a low-fat cheese stick instead. In addition, take a break in between movies to gently rinse your mouth with saltwater.
4. Eat Your Favorite Healthy Foods
Patients must stick to a soft diet for a few days following wisdom teeth extractions in Denver. Smoothies, yogurts, soups, and other healthy soft foods can deliver the vitamins and nutrients your body needs. Vitamin A and C are especially important for the body’s natural healing process. Mashed potatoes contain Vitamin C, while squash soup is rich in Vitamin A. On the other hand, you should avoid consuming spicy or acidic foods, as well as hard foods like nuts or chips.
5. Catch Up with an Old Friend
Work, school, and other daily responsibilities can make it difficult to keep in touch with friends and loved ones. Why not use this downtime to reach out to someone you have not talked to in a while? A simple text, email or phone call can get the ball rolling.
6. Take a Nap
If all else fails, lay down and take a nap! You probably don’t get many opportunities to truly relax these days, so take advantage of the recovery period by catching a few Z’s. While resting, be sure to prop your head up on a couple pillows to minimize any swelling or bleeding.
Recovering from wisdom teeth extractions does not need to be super boring. These and other creative ideas can help you pass the time while also allowing your mouth to heal. For an even faster recovery, ask your oral surgeon about non-narcotic extraction options!
About the Author
Dr. Brian Fangman is a friendly and experienced oral surgeon in Denver. He leads the talented team at Altitude Oral Maxillofacial Implant Center, which has five convenient locations. To learn more about wisdom teeth extractions, visit the Altitude Oral Maxillofacial Implant Center website or call Dr. Fangman at 720-328-4990.
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