Dos and Don’ts of Wisdom Teeth Removal

The way you take care of yourself after wisdom teeth removal can make all the difference. Since many patients have never had any other type of surgery before, it is important to know what to do and what not to do after the procedure. Follow these tips to help prevent infection and chances of dry socket:

Do: Take It Easy

After your surgery, you will likely be numb for a while and you may feel a bit loopy if you had IV sedation. It is advised to take the day off from school, work, etc. on the day of your procedure. You should rest with your head elevated and keep your activity to a minimum. It is a good idea to have someone to drive you home following the procedure. 

Do: Let It Clot

Let the blood clot form on the extraction site, which covers it and allows it to heal. The dentist will give you a piece of gauze to bite on near the site; try to keep it in place for at least an hour following the procedure. After the first hour, change the gauze after roughly every half hour, depending on the amount of bleeding. Avoid spitting as it can dislodge a blood clot in the socket. 

Do: Ice Packs

Applying an ice pack to the side of your face where surgery was performed helps to reduce swelling. This is most effective the day of the extraction; after 24 hours, there is no significant beneficial effect. Ice packs should be applied 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off for 1-2 hour time periods. 

Don’t: Brush Your Teeth

Do not brush your teeth, use mouthwash, or rinse your mouth after the procedure as it can cause you to disrupt your stitches. After 24 hours, you may gently rinse with warm salt water and brush your teeth, but be especially careful to avoid the stitched area.

Don’t: Use a Straw

The sucking motion of drinking from a straw can dislodge your blood clot, which can cause painful dry sockets. Avoid this issue by slowly drinking small amounts of beverages. Avoid alcoholic, caffeinated, or hot drinks for the first 24 hours. 

Don’t: Eat Solid Foods

Your mouth will not be able to tolerate anything more than soft foods after the procedure. The blood clot can be damaged by foods that are too rough. Stick to soft foods such as mashed potatoes, yogurt, pudding, milkshakes, and smoothies until you are advised to resume your regular diet. 

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