Utah Oral & Facial Surgeons – 801-783-3645 – Wisdom Teeth Post Op Instructions
Post Op Instructions for Wisdom Teeth / Extractions
- Avoid drinking out of a straw or smoking for 1 week.
- DIET: Day of extraction(s), a cool soft diet is best. For example: ice cream, pudding, applesauce, yogurt etc. You may advance your diet as tolerated over the next few days.
- It is very important to keep your mouth clean to prevent infection. The day following extraction you can start gently brushing your teeth after every meal and at bedtime. After you brush your teeth, rinse your mouth with warm salt water (1/2 tsp. salt per 8oz. warm water). Continue this routine for 7 days.
- MEDICATION: following anesthesia, or the use of pain and antibiotic medication, you may experience slight nausea. Eating before you take medication will help ease nausea. While on pain medication, please do not drive and/or operate heavy machinery.
- BLEEDING: Some bleeding is expected. To control mild oozing, place a rolled piece of moist gauze over extraction area and bite down firmly for 30 minutes. If bleeding persists, repeat.
- SUTURES: Sutures (stitches) are often placed in surgical site. Sutures will dissolve or fall out over the next few days.
- You will experience some discomfort for a few days. PAIN and SWELLING will often peak around the 3rd or 4th day following surgery. Please take your pain medication as directed. To help reduce swelling, sleep elevated for the first few days following your procedure. During the first 24-48 hours, the use of ice packs placed outside the cheeks for 20 minutes on and off may also help reduce swelling. Following this you may alternate ice and heat.
One Week Following Surgery:
You will begin to use a syringe to clean the extraction sites (sockets). It is important not to begin using the syringe prior to this, as the clot that has formed in the socket is an important part of healing, as well as a protection during the first 7 days, and should not be disturbed.
To clean the lower sockets you will draw warm water into the syringe. Standing in front of a mirror, you will gently pull the cheek away from your teeth,, exposing the opening of the socket. The socket will lie to the cheek side of your gum area. GENTLY place the tip of the syringe all the way into the socket, and SLOWLY flow water into the socket. This will flush out any food and bacteria that has settled into the socket. You should not feel any pain or discomfort when placing the syringe or rinsing the area.
It is important to do this after meals and before bedtime until the tissue closes completely over the socket opening.
Do not eat anything with seeds, nuts, rice, chips or any other food that when eaten, break into small hard particles that do not dissolve well in the mouth, until the sockets are completely closed.
If there are stiches still remaining, continue the salt water rinses as this well dissolve the stiches and promote healing.
At 1 week following surgery it will be normal to have some swelling and inflammation. Stiffness of the jaw is also normal and should resolve over the next 2-3 weeks.
If you experience any increase in pain, swelling, or stiffness in the jaw please call our office.