Congratulations! You’ve successfully removed your wisdom teeth! Now what? Even though wisdom tooth removal surgery is a common procedure, wisdom tooth surgery aftercare is very important in order to ensure that you do not experience unnecessary pain or complications that can be caused by infections due to improper care. It typically takes 3 -5 days to recover from wisdom tooth surgery.
Here are some of our tips on wisdom tooth surgery aftercare to help ensure that your recovery process is a smooth one.
Don’t worry. Bleeding is normal. If you notice any light bleeding, oozing or redness, do not be too worried. If bleeding is more excessive, you may try to remedy it by first rinsing and wiping any blood clots from your mouth. After your mouth is clean, place a gauze that your dentist would have given you over the area and bite firmly for 30 minutes.
When doing so, remember to bite down firmly and not chew on the gauze. The pressure will help to slow down the bleeding. Chewing, on the other hand, will only make things worse as chewing stimulates saliva flow. This will risk agitating the wound, causing more bleeding and even injury to the extraction site.
If bleeding continues, you can apply a moistened tea bag over the extraction site and bite firmly for 30 minutes. Teabags contain tannic acid, which aids in forming clots to contract the bleeding vessels.
Should your situation not improve, or deteriorate, please do not hesitate to call the clinic for further instructions.
Tip: Do not change the gauze too frequently (keep gauze for at least 20min) as it prevents effective clotting.
We know, nobody likes looking like a fishball. However, swelling after your wisdom tooth removal surgery is normal and mostly unavoidable. The swelling will usually occur around the mouth, cheeks, eyes and sides of the face in which your surgery has taken place.
Tip: A cold ice pack can be applied for about 15 mins to reduce swelling & inflammation.
Your clinic would have prescribed painkillers to minimize the discomfort and pain you feel post-surgery. It is common to feel pain and discomfort over the next 24 – 72 hours. When taking pain medication, note that some may experience nausea and hence, it is best to consume the medication with plenty of clear liquids.
It is important to maintain good oral hygiene to minimize the risk of infections. You can brush your teeth on the night of the surgery. However, you should use a soft toothbrush and carefully brush your teeth, being conscious to avoid the extraction area. You can also rinse gently a few times a day with warm salt water after 24 hours, especially after consuming food.
To ensure a smooth recovery process, you should avoid hot foods & drinks for the rest of the day to minimize bleeding. Drinking straight from the cup is also encouraged, instead of using a straw. This is because the sucking motion can cause more bleeding by dislodging the blood clot. Try to consume softer food, and foods that are not acidic or chewy as those can agitate the wound further.
For more questions on how wisdom tooth surgery aftercare, check out our frequently asked questions on wisdom teeth.