After Extraction of Wisdom Teeth
After extraction of wisdom teeth, the gum is usually closed with stitches. If the tooth was already erupted, stitches probably will not be placed since the gums cannot be closed. The gums will naturally close over the extraction socket over 2-4 weeks. To help control bleeding bite down on the gauze placed over the extraction socket. You will rest under our supervision in the office until you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge your postoperative kit will include postoperative instructions, a prescription if needed, extra gauze to take home, and possibly a plastic syringe to help with cleaning in the mouth.
What Will I Feel Like after Wisdom Teeth Removal Surgery?
On the first day after surgery, you may experience some minor bleeding and pain. You should cover your pillowcase with something so that you don not get any blood on it. Each individual’s reaction to surgery varies, and the sensation of pain can range from mild discomfort to rarely severe pain. A variable amount of swelling can be expected following the surgery. This swelling usually peaks on the second day or third day and then will start going down over the next 5-7 days. You can limit the amount of swelling by applying an ice pack to the side of your jaw for the first 2 days.
On the third day, you will notice that your jaw muscles are stiff, and it is difficult to open your mouth normally. You can apply moist heat to your jaw on the third or fourth day to help your muscles to relax and open wider. We recommend to limit strenuous exercise for the first two days after the surgery. We ask that you follow your post-operative instructions closely. Doing so will make you as comfortable as possible. Please allow time for your body to begin healing before resuming an active social, academic, or athletic schedule. Most patients feel like they are over the hump and on their way to recovery in 3 to 5 days.
Please view the following page for more instructions and information after removal of teeth.