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Post-Operative Instructions for Wisdom Teeth Removal

      • Take it easy: Rest and avoid any strenuous activities for the first 24 to 48 hours after the procedure. This will aid in the healing process and minimize the risk of complications.
      • Apply ice packs: To reduce swelling and discomfort, gently apply ice packs to the affected area for 15 minutes at a time, with 15-minute breaks in between. Do this for the first 24 hours following the extraction.
      • Control bleeding: Bite down on the gauze pad placed over the extraction site to control bleeding. Change the gauze as needed, and if bleeding persists or becomes excessive, please contact our office immediately.
      • We usually do not send out pain medication for wisdom tooth removal procedures unless the patient asks for it. It’s important to note that wisdom tooth extraction is a common procedure, and most patients experience manageable discomfort rather than severe pain. The level of discomfort can vary from person to person, but it typically subsides within a few days to a week.
      • Follow the instructions provided by our dentist or oral surgeon regarding pain medications, antibiotics, and any other prescribed medications. Take them as directed to manage pain and prevent infection. While pain medications and antibiotics are not routinely prescribed following the removal of wisdom teeth, they may be prescribed in certain cases to either treat or reduce the risk of infection.
      • Maintain oral hygiene: Gently brush your teeth, avoiding the extraction site, starting the day after the procedure. Gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of water) after meals to keep the area clean.
      • Eat soft foods: Stick to a soft food diet for the first few days, gradually reintroducing solid foods as tolerated. Avoid hot, spicy, or crunchy foods that may irritate the extraction site.
      • It is crucial to attend your scheduled follow-up appointments with us. We will monitor your healing progress and address any concerns or complications that may arise.
      • Avoid smoking and alcohol: Refrain from smoking and consuming alcohol for at least 72 hours after the extraction. These can delay healing and increase the risk of complications.
      • Avoid using straws: Sucking through a straw can dislodge the blood clot and impede the healing process. It is best to avoid using straws for at least the first 24 hours after the extraction.
      • Skip vigorous rinsing: Refrain from rinsing your mouth vigorously for the first 24 hours, as this can also disrupt the blood clot and slow down healing.
      • Elevate your head: When lying down, prop your head up with pillows to reduce swelling and promote better blood circulation.
      • Avoid touching the extraction site with your fingers or tongue, as this can introduce bacteria and increase the risk of infection.
      • Avoid aspirin: Aspirin can thin the blood and increase bleeding.


    Thank you for choosing our practice for your dental care. We look forward to providing you with excellent service and a smooth recovery. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our office at (480) 994-1266 in case of severe pain, excessive bleeding, or any unusual development. We are here to assist you throughout your recovery process.