Post Wisdom Tooth Extraction Care

1How long should I keep the gauze in place?
Typically, you should keep the gauze in place for 30-45 minutes after the surgery. If bleeding continues, replace the gauze and bite down gently for another 30 minutes.
2How can I manage pain and swelling after the surgery?
Applying ice packs to the affected area for the first 24-48 hours can help reduce swelling. Take over-the-counter pain relievers or prescribed medications as directed by your oral surgeon or dentist.
3When can I start eating and drinking after the surgery?
You can begin drinking clear liquids and eating soft foods as soon as the anesthesia wears off. Gradually introduce solid foods as your comfort and healing progress.
4How should I clean my mouth after the surgery?
Avoid rinsing, spitting, or using a straw for 24 hours after the surgery. Afterward, gently rinse with warm saltwater (1/2 teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) several times a day, especially after meals.
5When can I resume normal oral hygiene practices?
Resume your normal oral hygiene routine, such as brushing and flossing, after 24 hours, but be gentle around the extraction site to avoid dislodging the blood clot or irritating the area.
6How long should I avoid smoking or consuming alcohol?
Avoid smoking and consuming alcohol for at least 72 hours after the surgery, as these can interfere with the healing process and increase the risk of complications.
7What is a dry socket, and how can I prevent it?
A dry socket occurs when the blood clot at the extraction site is dislodged or dissolves, exposing the underlying bone and nerves. To prevent dry socket, avoid spitting, using a straw, smoking, and participating in strenuous activities for at least 3-4 days after the surgery.
8When can I resume physical activities?
Avoid strenuous activities for at least 3-4 days after the surgery. Gradually reintroduce exercise and other physical activities as your healing progresses and you feel comfortable.
9How long does it take for the extraction site to heal?
Healing times vary, but the initial healing phase usually takes 1-2 weeks. The gum tissue should close within 3-4 weeks, while complete bone healing may take several months.
10When should I schedule a follow-up appointment with my oral surgeon or dentist?
Follow-up appointments are typically scheduled 7-10 days after the surgery to ensure proper healing and address any concerns. However, if you experience severe pain, excessive bleeding, or signs of infection, contact your oral surgeon or dentist immediately.