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Can You Cough After Wisdom Teeth Removal?

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Wisdom teeth removal is a common dental procedure that involves the extraction of one or more of the third molars located at the back of the mouth. Post-operative care is essential for proper healing and to minimize complications. In this guide, we will explore whether you can cough after wisdom teeth removal, and the precautions you should take if you need to cough.

Understand Wisdom Teeth Removal

Before we dive into the specifics of coughing, it’s important to understand what the wisdom teeth removal procedure entails. It is a surgical procedure that often involves making incisions in the gums and may require the dentist or oral surgeon to remove bone around the tooth or to cut the tooth before it can be removed. Stitches may be used to close the wound.

The Importance of Post-Operative Care

After wisdom teeth removal, the recovery period is crucial. During this time, a blood clot forms in the socket where the tooth was extracted, and this clot is vital for the healing process. The main goal of post-operative care is to protect this clot, reduce the risk of infection, and manage pain and swelling.

Can You Cough After Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Yes, you can cough after wisdom teeth removal, but with caution. Coughing, like any other pressure changes in the mouth, has the potential to dislodge the blood clot that forms in the sockets. If the blood clot is dislodged, it can lead to a painful condition known as dry socket. Additionally, excessive or forceful coughing can strain the surgical site and cause discomfort or bleeding.

How to Cough Safely After Wisdom Teeth Removal

If you need to cough after having your wisdom teeth removed, here are some steps to do it safely:

  • Cough Gently: Try to suppress the force of your cough and keep it as gentle as possible.
  • Support the Surgical Site: Place a clean gauze or cloth over the extraction site and apply gentle pressure with your hand while coughing. This can help to support the area and reduce the chances of dislodging the blood clot.
  • Avoid Holding Your Breath: Holding your breath before coughing can increase the pressure in your mouth when you do cough, so breathe normally.
  • Stay Hydrated: Sometimes coughing can be due to a dry throat. Make sure you are drinking enough water, but avoid using a straw as the suction can also dislodge the blood clot.
  • Use Cough Drops Sparingly: If you have a persistent cough, you can use cough drops, but be cautious as they can also increase saliva and the need to spit, which should be avoided immediately after surgery.
  • Consult Your Dentist or Oral Surgeon: If you have a cough that is persistent, it’s best to consult with your dentist or oral surgeon. They may provide specific recommendations or medication to control the cough without compromising the healing process.

Bottom Line

While it’s possible to cough after wisdom teeth removal, it’s vital to do so with caution to avoid complications. Protecting the surgical site and the blood clot that forms in the socket is essential for proper healing. If you have a persistent cough, or if you are concerned about the effect of coughing on your recovery, it’s best to consult with your dental care provider.

This Q&A series article is complete and was published on July 18, 2023, and last updated on July 18, 2023.

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