Care After Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Following are the instructions which need to be followed by patients to avoid the complications after extraction of wisdom teeth and for faster healing.

Rest - Try to take some rest. You may feel great but don’t exercise at least for a day. When taking rest, keep your head lifted on a pillow

Do Not Chew from Extraction Side - Chewing of food from the side of extraction should be avoided as this can irritate the extraction wound which can cause bleeding and dislodgement of the clot and the infection. It is instructed to take liquid or semisolid diet.

Spitting - Do not spit for minimum for 24 hours because it can dislodge the clot. If the clot is dislodged you can have very painful condition known as dry socket. Afterwards one should spit 3-4 times in a day so that no food is lodged near the area where the tooth is removed.

No Smoking for 48 Hours – In smoking sucking action is involved and this can cause the dislodgement of the clot and can be the major cause of the dry socket which is a very painful condition.

No Sucking - Avoid sucking of any type. Do not drink anything with straw for 48 hours.  

Avoid Eating Hard Foods - Try taking soft and liquid food options such as soups, mashed potatoes, yogurts, milkshakes, smoothies etc. Avoid hot drinks, spicy foods, sodas, etc. Remember to take plenty of fluids.

Brushing - It is advised not to brush your teeth for the first 8 hours after surgery. After that one may brush one’s teeth but very gently, avoiding the area of surgery.

Warm Saline Rinses & Mouth Wash - Use of any kind of mouth washes or rinses should be done for first 24 hours as it can cause the dislodgement of the clot which is very essential for the proper healing of the extraction socket. After 24 hours one can use warm saline rinses or the mild antiseptic mouth wash as prescribed by the dentist. Warm saline rinses and mouthwash should be done gently and not vigorously.

Take your medicines as prescribed by your dentist. Don’t skip the medicines. If antibiotics are prescribed then they should be taken regularly. Pain killers and anti-inflammatory drugs help in reducing the pain and swelling.

 

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Posted By : Dr. Rtiz on 02-Jun-2013 03:33 AM
Cindi, Swelling and pain in the area where the tooth was extracted 2 weeks before can be due to some secondary infection or some part of tooth is left. So you have go back to your dentist. Till then you can do warm saline rinses. If it is just due to some irritation by some hard food or trauma then warm saline rinses will take care. The dentist recheck and if necessary take xray.
 


Posted By : Cindi on 31-May-2013 11:43 AM
I had teeth pulled (only one in back of mouth) and alveoplasty two weeks ago. I only had one in the back of my mouth on left side. Today I woke up with a swollen jaw and pain on bottom left side (where the sole tooth was). Why am I having new swelling?
 


Posted By : Dr.Ritz on 25-Jul-2012 12:22 AM
Dear MEGAN, Thanks for the info, it will be useful for our readers and will definitely take out the dental fear from their mind.
 


Posted By : megan on 24-Jul-2012 08:32 PM
Well i got my left wisdom tooth pulled 1 week and 2 days ago and everything is going great now.It hurt really bad during the tooth pulling and 4 days after it was very painfull but it ended up being ok.So i am just going to comment that everybodys experiance far as tooth pulling is different.If it is an easy pulling or if you need to go as far as getting a tooth cut is as far as the pain is going to go.My problem to why it hurt so bad during the tooth pulling is because i took a lot of medication like goody powders directly on the tooth and everything during having an infection in the tooth.I was draging it along for over a year and if i would have tooken care of it sooner it maynot have been so bad.So please if you start to feel any pain anywhere in your mouth go straight to the dentist before it gets worst.
 


Posted By : mwan on 11-Feb-2012 10:26 PM

Urwashi, pain is due to wisdom tooth eruption. You need to get extraction of the wisdom tooth done if it is poking the cheeks or is infected. You need to refer to your dentist for this. Your dentist will take a x-ray and then will remove the tooth. For the time being, you can do warm saline rinses to reduce the swelling. Make sure to keep the wisdom tooth area clean. Food particles and deposits in wisdom tooth region will aggravate the pain and swelling. To reduce the infection and pain, you can take antibiotics and pain meds after consulting your dentist.

 


Posted By : Dr Ritz on 29-Nov-2011 11:04 PM
Cacy J, Chances of blood clot getting dislodged and dry socket are 1-2 days after tooth extraction. Your blood clot in extraction socket can’t get dislodged 2 weeks after extraction. After some time, granulation tissue is formed from blood clot and healing of extraction socket progresses. If it was as surgical tooth extraction, then tooth extraction may take 3 weeks to 3 months to heal completely. Just make sure that there is no food in extraction socket which can lead to secondary infections. You can continue with warm saline rinses for healing to take place. If food doesn’t come out by rinsing, then you can use a tweezer to remove the food particles or can use a soft tooth brush over that area without irritating the extraction socket too much.
 


Posted By : CacyJ on 29-Nov-2011 10:31 PM
I had all my wisdom teeth removed 2 weeks ago today. When will I not have to worry about the blot clot anymore? Tired of worrying about if I'm gonna mess something up. All my sockets are pretty much closed except for one on the bottom and its still pretty big. Why is this and if food gets in there and won't come out with rinsing, what should I do?
 


Posted By : Dr Ritz on 20-Sep-2011 03:00 AM
Urwashi, pain is due to wisdom tooth eruption. You need to get extraction of the wisdom tooth done if it is poking the cheeks or is infected. You need to refer to your dentist for this. Your dentist will take a x-ray and then will remove the tooth. For the time being, you can do warm saline rinses to reduce the swelling. Make sure to keep the wisdom tooth area clean. Food particles and deposits in wisdom tooth region will aggravate the pain and swelling. To reduce the infection and pain, you can take antibiotics and pain meds after consulting your dentist.
 


Posted By : URWASHI on 20-Sep-2011 02:47 AM
Dear sir, i am sufring from wosdom tooth pain from 1 week,it is growing in wrong angle,it is very painfull,i cant eat even open my mouth,thera is swelling & pain in my gum so much please,advice as soonas possible to relife from pain,thank in advance
 


Posted By : Dr Ritz on 06-Sep-2011 03:34 AM
Amukelani, It may take weeks to months for wisdom tooth extraction socket wound to heal completely depending on the the procedure which is used for the extraction of the teeth and the angulation of the teeth. You can take leave for 4-5 days. In 4-5 days, the swelling will reduce considerably and the pain will also diminish. After the wisdom teeth extraction, follow the instructions of your dentist and take the meds as prescribed to avoid any infection and complication postoperatively.
 


Posted By : Amukelani on 06-Sep-2011 02:03 AM
I am still to go for four wasdom teeth extraction this coming saturday...How many leave days are going to be suitable in order to heal completely?
 


Posted By : Dr Ritz on 26-Aug-2011 11:02 PM
Jessica, Wisdom tooth extraction socket takes longer time to heal than the normal extraction socket. It may take 3weeks to 3months for socket to heal completely. It is normal to have swelling after the tooth extraction. Continue with the rinses and don’t allow any food deposits in the socket area. Don’t irritate the socket much and follow the instructions of your dentist. Don’t worry, the swelling will reside on its own in some time.
 


Posted By : Jessica on 26-Aug-2011 10:39 AM
Hello, I've had all four wisdom teeth removed almost two weeks ago. Today is Friday, and Tuesday will make two weeks. I'm eating great, and I have no pain in the sockets or my teeth. I only have one problem. The gums above all eight of my molars on each side, are very very inflamed. I'm compulsive so I've been rinsing with warm salt water at the most 10 times a day and I'm also taking 3 ibuprofen every 6 hours, since ibuprofen is a anti-inflammatory. Yet, I see no difference, infact, they've gotten to be more painful. My gums have been very swollen for a week, with no change. Is there any advice that I need? I'm pretty desperate right now.
 


Posted By : Dr Ritz on 06-Aug-2011 07:28 PM
if your daughter is not in great pain and she got the extractions done 2 days back then she can start eating normally but she has to be careful to mantain very good oral hygeine and follow all the instructions given by the dentist.
 


Posted By : Ingrid on 06-Aug-2011 03:43 PM
My daughter has had all foru wisdom teeth removed 2 days ago. She has been on the soft diet (soups, yogurt, pudding jello, milkshakes with a spoon, ice cream etc.) I have made her some scrambled eggs and omelettes as well. She would love to eat soe real fod but is worried about the stitches. She is not in a lot of pain but very reluctant to chew anything even soft things in th back of her mouth, as she is worreid about the blood clot being removed and the stitches getting torn. How long will she hav eto be on the semi liquid diet. Most people I have talked to were eating normally by now.
 

 
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