Wisdom Teeth: Post-Op

Wisdom teeth, otherwise known as third molars, commonly grow in between the ages of 17 to 21. There are a number of reasons why you may have needed to have your wisdom teeth removed, such as:

  • Your wisdom teeth may be impacted (when they remain partially beneath your gums or jaw)
  • There is not enough room in your mouth to grow
  • They have grown in the wrong position

If you have had or a going to have wisdom teeth surgery, please follow our post-op instructions:

Immediately after Surgery
During the first hour after surgery, make sure to gently bite down on a gauze pad. If you see excess bleeding, oozing or redness in your saliva, don’t be alarmed. Biting down on a gauze pad will help reduce the bleeding. Please refrain from any physical activity directly after surgery and remember to get up slowly when lying down or sitting.

24 Hours after Surgery
While swelling will occur about 24 hours after surgery, it is common to worsen two or three days after surgery. It is common to experience swelling around your eyes and face. Holding a cold compress to your face will help reduce the inflammation. For this, remember to follow the 20×20 rule; keep the compress on your face for 20 minutes and then keep it off for another 20 minutes. Also, to avoid dry socket (when a blood clot dislodges) it is important not to drink from a straw or bottle, spit or rinse, or smoke after wisdom teeth removal. If you think you may have dry socket, please call us right away!

Eating and Caring for your Teeth
During the first couple of days following the surgery, consume soft foods and liquids. Foods such as smoothies, pudding, ice cream, apple sauce and cooled down mashed potatoes are all great options. Also, be sure to sleep with your head propped up on a pillow to help keep swelling down and drain excess fluid.

When it comes to brushing your teeth, you can do so the day after surgery. Just make sure to stay away from the surgical area and to slowly rinse your mouth with salt water. Salt water will help clean wounds and bacteria. To make a salt water rinse, use 8 oz. of warm water and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. You can do this up to three times a day.

At Premier Dental Associates, caring for our patients is important to us. If you have just had wisdom teeth removed and have any questions about post-op procedures, please call us at 212-587-0202. We are always here to help!

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