Post-Op Care – Wisdom Teeth Removal

Immediately after wisdom tooth removal:

  • Go home and rest in a semi-reclined position. Bite on gauze for one to two hours afterward or until bleeding has mostly stopped. You may see expect blood-tinged saliva for multiple days, and that is perfectly normal.
  • Avoid foods that are crunchy, hard, spicy, hot, sour, or require chewing. Foods such as yogurt, milkshakes, and broth are ideal.
  • Avoid straws/sucking, vigorous swishing, and carbonated drinks.
  • Do not move around much following surgery — this may make you feel ill. Drink or eat something as soon as tolerable, and before taking prescription pain medications.

You will likely require prescription pain medication for two to three days after your wisdom teeth are removed, and over-the-counter pain medication following that for up to a week. You should be able to perform light activities within two to three days post-surgery. Days four through seven should be saved for more moderate activity, and after a week you should likely be able to resume pre-surgical activity levels.

When to Call (Immediately call AOFS if you have any of the following):

  • Fever >101.5F
  • Uncontrollable pain
  • Excessive bleeding (liver-like clots forming in the mouth)
  • Difficulty breathing/speaking or any changes in patients breathing or airway
  • Any worsening symptoms such as swelling/pain/bleeding
  • Any condition that concerns you and seems unanswered

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