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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Avoid hot and spicy foods: Avoid hot and spicy foods for at least 24 hours after surgery, as they can irritate the extraction site.
- 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.
- Rest: Rest for the first 24 hours after surgery, and avoid any strenuous physical activity for at least a week.
- Brush and floss gently: Brush and floss your teeth gently, but avoid the extraction site for the first few days after surgery.
- 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.