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Wisdom Tooth Removal – After Care

13/08/2021

Having your wisdom teeth removed is not a minor surgery and ensuring you are following your dentist’s advice on after care is incredibly important to prevent infection. For our best advice on how to care for your tender mouth and minimise pain, keep reading.

Immediately after your surgery it is important to bite down on the gauze packs provided by your dentist for at least one hour or until the bleeding is controlled. If the bleeding persists, replace the gauze after an hour and bite down on a new gauze for 30-45 minutes.

Things you should do:

  • Brush your teeth gently, avoiding the area
  • Rinse with salt water 24 hours post-surgery, swishing gently after eating

Things not to do:

  • Rinse your mouth
  • Touch the area, especially with dirty hands
  • Over-exert yourself

After surgery you should get as much rest as possible, the perfect excuse to stay in bed or lounge on the sofa! Over exerting yourself can cause increased bleeding and complications so it is really important you rest for as long as possible and avoid exercise for 3-4 days until you have mostly recovered.

Due to the surgery, you will have to change what and how much you can eat. Ensure the foods you are consuming are nutritious and require very little chewing.

You should avoid:

  • Extremely hot or cold food
  • Drinking with a straw
  • Foods that require lots of chewing
  • Foods with small particles that can become stuck in the area
  • Skipping meals (you need to eat to keep your strength up!)

Recovery times differ from patient to patient so it is important to listen to the advice of your dentist, not your friends or colleagues. It is normal for swelling to occur, with the worst being 2-3 days post-surgery, but this will pass. You can minimise the swelling by apply a cold compress to your cheek.

For more information on wisdom teeth removal or to book an appointment, contact our team now.

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