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WHAT’S NEXT AFTER A WISDOM TOOTH EXTRACTION?

So you've just got your wisdom tooth extracted. Find out what you should do to speed up your recovery after this.

Your rate of recovery after a wisdom tooth extraction really depends on the degree of difficulty of the extraction itself. In general, here’s what you can expect and to do within the first 24 hours of your extraction.

Control your bleeding

Bleeding may occur for several hours after the extraction. The dentist will usually provide some gauze for you to position it over the empty tooth socket. Bite down firmly and apply consistent pressure every 45 minutes or so. Repeat this if a small degree of bleeding continues with a new and clean gauze. Avoid sucking actions or hot liquids to prevent bleeding from starting again because these actions will remove the clotted blood from the site of extraction.

handling swelling & pain

Facial swelling in the area where the tooth was extracted typically happens. To reduce the swelling you can take a piece of ice and wrap it in a cloth, then place it on that area of your face for 10 minutes on, followed by 20 minutes off. Repeat as you feel necessary. If there is minor pain, get your dentist to prescribe suitable pain medication and if you need stronger ones, make it a point to let the dentist know as well. 

eating and basic daily activities

Your diet should be restricted to a liquid diet and try to eat soft foods for the next few days. However, don’t stop brushing your teeth but do avoid the teeth directly neighbouring the extracted tooth area for the first 24 hours. Besides that, refrain from using commercial mouth rinses so that you won’t irritate the extraction site.