Wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical procedure that requires some post-operative care. Quality care is important to reduce the chance of infection or other complications.
Immediately Following Surgery
- Immediately after surgery, a gauze pad will be placed over the extraction site, which should not be removed for at least 45 minutes, and then discarded after that.
- Take the pain medication as prescribed to reduce the amount of discomfort you feel after the local anesthetic wears off.
- Avoid drinking through a straw as well as any rigorous sucking, spitting, or rinsing. Drink plenty of fluids and eat soft foods. Avoid anything that might get stuck in your teeth, so no seeds, nuts, rice, popcorn, or similar foods. Avoid alcohol or carbonated drinks for 24-48 hours.
- Swelling and bruising may occur. Swelling usually peaks 48 hours after surgery. Ice packs can minimize swelling and bruising. Place ice packs on cheeks in 30 min. Intervals (20 min on then 20 min off) to help with any swelling.
- The day after surgery, we recommend starting warm salt water rinses (½ tsp. salt and 1c. warm water) every two to three hours. We recommend doing these rinses for the first week post-surgery.
- Limit your activities that day. Avoid vigorous activity that gets your heartrate up for three to four days after surgery.
- Do not smoke for at least five days as it is detrimental to the healing process.
Please call our office at (507) 364-8001 if you have any questions or if you experience any complications following your surgery (i.e. bleeding that won’t stop).