Care after Wisdom Tooth Surgery

by Debbie Harry

As with other surgical procedure, post operative care is very essential. Unnecessary complications like infection, swelling and pain can be avoided if instructions are carefully followed. In this article, we will discuss how to care should be taken following wisdom tooth extraction.

  • A gauze pad is placed where surgery has been done. It needs to be replaced every 40-45 minutes until you bleeding slows down.
  • Touching of surgical area should be avoided. This action can remove the blood clot and initiate bleeding.
  • Take medications as prescribed especially painkillers. Don’t wait till you start feeling pain.
  • Restrict your activities and resume back to your regular activities when you feel normal.

Care when bleeding occurs
Certain amount of bleeding is normal for first 24 hours. Slight redness or bleeding in saliva is common. To prevent excessive bleeding, the surgeon puts pressure by placing a gauze pad on the surgical area. It should be replaced every 40-45 minutes. If bleeding continues for more than 24 hours, contact your dentist.

Care when you have swelling
Swelling is normal following surgery. To reduce swelling, apply an icepack or a towel filled with ice cubes on the cheek on the area of the surgery. Continue applying ice for 36 – 48 hours.

Care when you feel pain
Pain and discomfort is part of any surgical procedure. Take painkillers as prescribed by your dentist. Do not wait until the local anesthesia wears off.

Diet following surgery
Switch to soft diet for a couple of days. Drink plenty of liquids, like water, fruit juice, milk etc. Avoid using straw, as this will put pressure on the surgical area. Do not take hot foods or liquids. You can return to your normal diet when you feel normal or unless your dentist advises.

Oral hygiene
Good oral hygiene is essential for better healing. You can start brushing your teeth from the next day after surgery, but take care when brushing the tooth next to surgical area. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water at least 2-3 times a day. This will help to heal soon.

Make sure to contact your dentist if swelling, bleeding and pain do not subside or become worse.


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