How to Recover after Wisdom Teeth Surgery


Making Preparations before Your Surgery

  • Set your appointment with your dentist or oral surgeon. Make sure you make your appointment on a day that allows you to recuperate after the surgery.
  • Go to the Grocery Store the night before. Buy soft, easy-to-eat foods like applesauce, chicken soup, yogurt, canned fruit, gelatin, pudding or cottage cheese. You’ll need to skip foods that require chewing or foods that are served either extremely hot or extremely cold for a while after your surgery.
    • Also remember that you should not drink alcohol, soda, coffee, or hot beverages the first few days after surgery.
  • Stock up on movies, games and books. You may be in a lot of pain, so you want to make sure you have a lot of resources around to keep your mind off of your discomfort. You’ll need to take it easy for a few days.
  • Find someone to drive you to the clinic. You’ll be groggy after the operation, and you’ll need someone to drive you home and help pick up your painkillers a the drugstore.


Taking Care of Yourself after Surgery

  • Leave the gauze on the surgical site for at least 30 minutes. Do not attempt to change the gauze as it will disrupt the clotting process. Once the first gauze pad has been taken off, keep the area clean and leave it alone. Do not attempt to spit blood out frequently as the pressure change in your mouth will inhibit clotting. Instead, use fresh gauze to absorb the blood.
  • Use Tea bags. If your wounds are still bleeding at a steady pace after 12 hours or so, stop biting gauze and start biting moist tea bags. The tannins within tea leaves promote clotting, and for some people, the caffeine increases circulation. This process encourages the build-up of clotting platelets within the stitched area, which speeds up healing and recovery time.
  • Rinse your mouth with salt water. Combine 1 teaspoon of sea salt with 8 ounces of warm water. Take the liquid into your mouth, gently let it soak for a moment then let drizzle out into your sink or toilet. Do not gurgle or spit as this may dislodge the blood clot in the wound. The salt water will promote healing and decrease irritation.
    • Be sure to rinse extra-gently on the first day after surgery.
    • Use only the salt water rinse to clean your mouth for the first 24 hours after surgery. Wait until your doctor recommends you to start using a toothbrush again (usually safe by the second day).
  • Use an ice pack to ease pain and swelling. Ice may be applied to your cheeks to help prevent swelling for the first 24 hours.
    • After 24 to 72 hours, ice may continue to help ease the pain
  • Elevate your head. Whether you’re sleeping on your couch or on y our bed, place 2 or more pillows beneath your head to elevate your mouth. Elevation will decrease swelling.
  • Keep your supplied close by. You’ll need water, gauze, painkillers and antibiotics close to you so that you don’t have to get up and get the things you need.
  • Avoid using straws to drink liquids. The vacuum created within your mouth can dislodge your clots and slow down the healing process.
  • Skip cigarette smoking and alcohol. Both of these activities can inhibit the healing process. You should wait at least 72 hours after surgery to use tobacco products (but longer is better).
  • Control your pain. You can take prescribed painkillers, or you can take over-the-counter ibuprofen to prevent pain, inflammation and swelling. Skip the aspirin because it could make you bleed and slow your healing.
  • Ask for help. Count on your spouse, your friends or your family to take care of you while you’re recovering. Have them take your phone calls, help you with chores, bring you food and keep you comfortable while you heal.

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The Cool in “Cold Therapy”

t-430In the early nineties, Cool Jaw® partnered with leading Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons to develop a new generation of hot and cold therapy. Specifically designed for oral and facial surgeries, the Cool Jaw® product line includes multiple facial wraps and a variety of Hot/Cold Gel Packs, including our extremely versatile Soft-sided Round Gel Packs.

Cool Jaw’s® T-430 Soft-sided Round Gel pack is ideal for a variety of cold therapy applications. These sturdy, reusable gel packs are 4” in diameter and remain flexible when frozen, allowing for uniform cold therapy. They feature one soft-sided surface that shields skin from direct contact with the frozen pack. They are a convenient, comfortable and economical cold therapy application for your patients that can easily be customized with your logo.

The T-430 Soft-sided Round Gel packs come in six color options to suit your office’s liking – Cool Blue, Pink Ice, Vanilla, Kiwi, Mango and Grape. Regardless of color choice the gel packs still remain flexible when frozen and offer the same cold therapy benefits.

Our gel packs can be used in a variety of post-operative procedures including wisdom teeth removal, single extractions and implants. Along with those procedures, the small 4” size gel packs are great for injectable procedures that might be performed in the office. Botox and Juvederm are two procedures that the T-430 Soft-sided Round Gel Packs can provide immediate cold therapy for and allow the patient to have comfort on the affected area. Cold therapy is one of the simplest, safest and most effective post-operative care techniques for injury and/or pain.#CoolJaw

Recovery from Sliding osteotomy Genioplasty for facial aesthetic balance

The chin, one of the most obvious facial structures, plays an important role in the perception of the face as an instrument of communication. To alter the chin contour in a reliable manner, horizontal sliding osteotomy of the mandibular symphysis with advancement of the mobilized segment is the technique of choice for correction of the anterior posterior deficiency. To achieve chin augmentation a controlled cut (osteotomy) is made in the bone of the chin itself. This osteotomy frees up the malpositioned bone and allows the surgeon to reposition the bone in a more ideal orientation.

Sliding genioplasty is performed using an incision inside the mouth. The incision is placed inside the lower lip in front of the gum line. The incision line is closed with dissolvable sutures that come out on their own within a few weeks. You can expect swelling and bruising of the jaw area that will subside over the first few weeks.

Cool Jaw® hands free cold therap

Cool Jaw® hands free cold therapy can mold to the contours of the face, will not leak, and are light weight, ensuring proper pressure.

The Cool Jaw® System is a combination of Compression and Thermal Therapy. Each jaw wrap is available with your choice of two or four gel packs. Four: so that patients can rotate packs between freezings.

Both Hot and Cold therapy packs can be very effective in helping a patient recover from surgery procedures and injuries. Unlike conventional ice packs or a soggy bag of frozen peas, Cool Jaw® hands free cold therapy can mold to the contours of the face, will not leak, and are light weight, ensuring proper pressure.
Following surgery cold or Cryotherapy will be helpfull. The Cold Pack, due to temperature and weight, (applied approximately twenty minutes at a time,) constricts local blood vessels and decreases tissue temperature. This constriction decreases blood flow and cell metabolism, which can limit hemorrhage and cell death in an acute traumatic injury. This results in the area healing faster, and a decrease in pain and swelling and an increase in lymphatic drainage.

You should consult with your doctor about when to begin using hot packs, but usually heat can be used around 3 to 4 days after surgery.

Our thermal Blue Gel Pack can be used as heat therapy to reduce the appearance of bruising, or to address minor aches and pains, soothing the area of discomfort.

There is a somewhat longer recovery time with sliding genioplasty as compared with chin implantation, but the versatility and ability to create changes to the chin in a vertical dimension can be invaluable.

Less is More when it comes to TMJ

Experiencing TMJ pain and/or dysfunction?  Simple at home treatments may put you on the road to recovery.

Cool Jaw Soft-sided Round Gel Pack

Cool Jaw Soft-sided Round Gel Pack – Applying a cold gel pack is the most basic treatment for tmj pain.

  • Hot and/or Cold Therapy
  • Soft or Blended Foods allow the jaw to rest temporarily. Over-the-counter pain medicines or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), such as ibuprofen.
  • Jaw Exercises  
  • Relaxation and guided imagery, yoga, massage, and meditation
  • Sleep on your side using pillow support between shoulder and neck.
  • Make a concerted effort to relax your lips, and keep teeth apart.
  • Yawning. Use your fist to support your chin as you yawn to prevent damage to the joint and prevent your jaw from locking open.

Often jaw problems resolve on their own in several weeks to months. Remember, if your TMJ problems get worse with time, you should seek professional advice. However, first and foremost, educate yourself.

Patients who are better informed about their options and who understand the evidence behind certain approaches to care may have better health outcomes.

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How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?


Tooth implants are typically more expensive than more traditional alternatives such as bridges and dentures. The cost depends on a number of factors including what dentist or surgeon you go to, the type of implant and procedure, how many and which teeth you need replaced, how many implants are required to support these teeth, how much insurance coverage you have and your geographical location. Once you get an examination and talk with your dentist, they will be able to provide you with a price estimate.

According to Dental Implant Cost Guide readers, the cost of a single tooth implant ranges from $1000 to $3,000 in addition to $500 to $3000 for the abutment and crown, for an average total cost of $4250.

However, if additional procedures such as bone grafts, extractions and extensive imaging and/or modeling are required, the price can easily inflate to $5,000 to $10,000. Your dentist will be able to give you an idea of what costs you are looking at after a preliminary examination.

Single Tooth Implant Cost
Implant Only $1000 to $3000
Abutment & Crown $500 to $3000
Average Total Cost $4250
Cost of Additional Procedures
Simple Bone Graft $200 to $1200
Complex Bone Graft $2000 to $3000
Simple Extraction $75 to $300
Surgical Extraction $150 to $650
X-Rays $20 to $250
CT Scan $250 to $1000
Total With Add’l Procedures $5000 to $10000

The average total cost paid by consumers for all procedures, abutment, crown and implant is $4,250.

A 3 or 4 tooth bridge mounted on two implants can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000 (the average being $8,500). A full set of upper and lower implant supported dentures ranges from $25,000 to $95,000 (average of $34,000), depending heavily on the condition of your gums, jaw bone and existing teeth (if any).

Multi Implant Cost
3-4 Tooth Bridge (Two Implants) $5000 to $15000 (avg. $8500)
2-6 Implants With Dental Bridge $3600 to $29000+
Top & Bottom Supported Dentures $25000 to $95000+ (avg. $34000)

Some people opt to travel to foreign countries to take advantage of their cheaper prices for tooth implants. A few of the most popular destinations include South and Eastern Europe, India, Philippines and Africa.

Dental Implant Cost by Country
United States $4000
UK $3500
Spain $2750
Italy $1800
Mexico $1600
Lithuania $1400
Romania $1250
Costa Rica $1000
Ecuador $1000
Turkey $1000
Hungary $900
Thailand $900
India $850
Croatia $850

If you receive a quote or see an advertised price that looks too good to be true, it most likely is. Safe, high quality and long lasting implants come at a price that depends on a variety of factors. Some or all of these factors may or may not be included in a particular estimate.

Factors That Affect the Cost

  • Initial procedures such as x-rays and CT scans
  • Brand (manufacturer), material and type of post, abutment and crown
  • Complexity of the surgery
  • How many and what teeth need to be replaced
  • Where you live (some cities are considerably more expensive)
  • The particular dentist/surgeon’s experience, specialty & popularity
  • How many professionals are involved in your case
  • Creation of the prosthodontics
  • Additional procedures (if required) such as sinus elevation and bone grafting

When getting a quote, remember that the total fee includes various aspects of the procedure. There is the cost of the procedure and implant, the cost of the abutment and the cost of the crown or dentures. There could be added charges for the scans, anesthetic and modelling as well.

Insurance Coverage

The first thing you should do is to check with your insurance company to see if implants are covered on your plan. If it isn’t, then you can talk with your dentist’s office to find out if they provide or can recommend other payment plans/options. You can also ask if they’ll cover part of the cost equal to an alternative treatment that IS covered by your plan such as dentures or a bridge.

Remember that your dentist is there for you and will help you in any way that they can and give you all the information you need so don’t be hesitant to ask. Unfortunately, many insurance plans cover 10% or less of the total cost of implants, but provide significantly more coverage for more traditional solutions such as dentures. This is often because most companies classify implants and a cosmetic procedure. Surgical costs can be covered by health insurance in some instances.

That said, more and more insurance companies are starting to offer some coverage as they are realizing the long-term health benefits over other treatment options.

While losing a tooth can be stressful – remember that there are a number of options available to you, including dental implants. It might seem scary when reading about it, but there is minimal pain, risk and discomfort and the results are lasting and natural looking. Talk to your dentist about implants if you think they might be the solution for you.


MSM Gold ® Systemic Enzyme

CoolJaw® offers MSM as a natural way to reduce TMJ pain and inflammation without serious side effects.

Sulfur has a long history as a healing element – think natural hot springs.  My first “sulfur” experience was as a child visiting The Banff Upper Hot Springs in Banff National Park, the first National Park in Canada.  One of Banff’s most famous attractions; discovered in 1884, the hot springs were where travelers have come to “take the waters” for more than a century.  The hot spring water flows naturally through the Sulphur Mountain Thrust Fault, and the sulfur can be absorbed through the skin.  And sulfur is the  ultimate soother for sore muscles!


Banff National Park

Sulfur is a transport and delivery mineral. It is needed to make everything else you put into your body work more effectively and efficiently. Sulfur has 16 electrons and 16 protons making it a reactive element. Few things won’t combine with this mineral and Sulfur neutralizes effects of elements doing your body harm, and activates the positive. Sulfur makes cell membranes more porous increasing oxygen flow and pushing out toxins; while ushering in all of the other needed minerals and nutrients into the cells.


The ‘Sulfur Cycle’ was broken over 70 years ago when farmers switched from using manure as a fertilizer to chemical based fertilizers and toxic pesticides and herbicides. What few knew at the time is that these ‘man-made’ agents would inhibit sulfur in agriculture, and in the human body. The fact is most people  today are sulfur deficient.

Here is sulfur which does not require crossing the boarder…it’s a high performance broad-spectrum enzyme super anti-oxidant formula… MSM Gold ® A Systemic Enzymes: Reducing inflammation and swelling in joints.  MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) supplies biologically active sulfur – a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory that speeds healing.  Clinical experience indicates that MSM does not interfere with any medication.  However, if you are under treatment for any condition and are considering taking MSM, inform your physician.

MSM Gold

All-natural nutritional supplement – blend of ingredients that soothes and relieves muscle stress and discomfort in your joints,.




8 Effects of Poor Dental Hygiene


1. Heart Disease/Stroke Risk
People with periodontal disease are two times more likely to develop heart disease and arterial narrowing as a result of bacteria and plaque entering the bloodstream through the gums. The bacteria contains a clot-promoting protein that can clog arteries, leading to an increased risk of heart attack. In addition, if high levels of disease-causing bacteria from the mouth clog the carotid artery – the blood vessel that delivers blood to the brain and head – it could increase the risk of having a stroke.

2. Increased Risk of Dementia
Tooth loss due to poor dental health is also a risk factor for memory loss and early stage Alzheimer’s disease. One study, published in Behavioral and Brain Functions, found that infections in the gums release inflammatory substances which in turn increase brain inflammation that can cause neuronal (brain cell) death.

3. Respiratory Problems
Bacteria from periodontal disease can travel through the bloodstream to the lungs where it can aggravate respiratory systems, especially in patients who already have respiratory problems. A study published in the Journal of Periodontology uncovered a link between gum disease and an increased risk of pneumonia and acute bronchitis.

“By working with your dentist or periodontist, you may actually be able to prevent or diminish the progression of harmful diseases such as pneumonia or COPD,” says Donald S. Clem, DDS, president of the American Academy of Periodontology. ”

4. Diabetes
95% of US adults with diabetes also have periodontal disease and 1/3 have such advanced disease that has lead to tooth loss. This is likely because people with diabetes are more susceptible to contracting infections.

The link between gum disease and diabetes appears to be a two-way street. In addition to having a higher risk gum disease due to diabetes, periodontal disease may also make it more difficult to control blood sugar, putting the patient at risk for even more diabetic complications.

5. Erectile Dysfunction
Men with periodontal disease are 7 times more likely to experience erectile dysfunction than men with good dental hygiene. Periodontal bacteria can travel through the bloodstream, enflaming blood vessels and blocking flow to the genitals.

6. Risk of Premature Birth
In the US, nearly 13% of babies are born prematurely according to the March of Dimes. Premature babies face a host of medical problems including breathing issues and infections. A mom’s dental health can impact this association.

Doctors theorize that one of the main causes of preterm birth is infection in the mother’s body. One common site of infection is the mouth. In addition to brushing and flossing, a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology found an association between the use of a non-alcohol antimicrobial mouth rinse in pregnant women and a decreased rate of delivering babies prematurely. The theory is that gum-disease-induced inflammation could be reduced through the regular use of bacteria-killing mouthwash.

7. Other Infertility Problems
Research presented at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology found that gum disease could increase the time it takes for a woman to become pregnant. In the study, women with gum disease took an average of seven months to conceive, compared to five months among their peers without gum disease.

8. Cancer
Researchers have found that men with gum disease were 49% more likely to develop kidney cancer, 54% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, and 30% more likely to develop blood cancers.

Good dental practices – visiting your dentist or oral health care professional on a regular basis – can also help with early detection of oral cancers. And smokers, who are at the highest risk of such cancers, are less likely to visit a dentist, according to a survey reviewed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.