What to do after having a wisdom tooth extracted?

There are several important things to do while you recover from tooth extractions. Here is a list of instructions that will help you achieve the best healing possible.

  1. Bite down on gauze: Bite down gently on the gauze that your dentist or oral surgeon has placed over the extraction site to help stop bleeding. Change the gauze every 30-45 minutes as needed.
  2. Apply ice: Apply ice packs to the outside of your cheek for the first 24 hours after surgery to help reduce swelling and pain. Use the ice packs for 15-20 minutes at a time, with 10-15 minute breaks in between.
  3. Avoid hot and spicy foods: Avoid hot and spicy foods for at least 24 hours after surgery, as they can irritate the extraction site.
  4. Drink plenty of fluids: Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid using straws or drinking carbonated beverages for the first few days after surgery, as these can dislodge the blood clot and delay healing.
  5. Rest: Rest for the first 24 hours after surgery, and avoid any strenuous physical activity for at least a week.
  6. Brush and floss gently: Brush and floss your teeth gently, but avoid the extraction site for the first few days after surgery.
  7. Take pain medication as prescribed: Take any pain medication prescribed by your dentist or oral surgeon as directed.

It’s important to follow these instructions carefully to ensure a smooth and speedy recovery after wisdom teeth extraction. If you experience any unusual symptoms, such as excessive bleeding, severe pain, or fever, contact your dentist or oral surgeon immediately.