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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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 02 - June - 2013, at 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.

  • Cindi

    Cindi 31 - May - 2013, at 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?

  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 25 - July - 2012, at 00:22 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.

  • megan

    megan 24 - July - 2012, at 20:32 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.

  • mwan

    mwan 11 - February - 2012, at 22:26 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.

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