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How Do I Take Care of My Mouth After Wisdom Tooth Removal?

August 9, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — wichitafalls @ 4:17 pm
young woman holding jaw after wisdom tooth removal

If you have an upcoming appointment for wisdom tooth removal in Wichita Falls, you might be unsure of what to expect following the procedure. Like any surgery, post-operative care is extremely important to minimize your recovery time and promote faster healing. Your oral surgeon will provide you with aftercare instructions that you must follow diligently. Along with their advice, here are some tips that can help you make a speedy and complication-free recovery after wisdom tooth extraction.

Post-Surgery Instructions

Immediately following your wisdom tooth removal, most dentists will recommend the following:

  • Keep the gauze pad over the surgical area for 30 minutes after extraction, then remove and discard it.
  • Avoid vigorously rinsing your mouth or touching the wound area.
  • Take prescribed pain medications as soon as you begin to feel discomfort.
  • Apply a cold compress to your cheek over the surgical site to numb pain and reduce swelling.
  • Restrict your activities for the day and only resume them when you feel comfortable.


It’s normal to experience slight bleeding, oozing, or redness in the saliva following your wisdom tooth removal You can control excessive bleeding by placing a gauze pad over the area biting firmly for at least half an hour. If that doesn’t work, bite on a tea bag soaked in ice for another 30 minutes. If the bleeding hasn’t improved within a few hours or gets worse, contact your dentist immediately for help.

Pain or Discomfort

Always take your prescribed medication as instructed to manage severe pain. For mild pain, you can take an over-the-counter medication like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) for relief. Pain medication can make you feel groggy or dizzy, so avoid driving or working around machinery. Any pain or discomfort should lessen with each passing day – if it persists or worsens, contact your dental office.  


Following wisdom tooth extraction, you will need to take it easy when it comes to eating. Drink plenty of liquids, such as water or natural fruit juice, during the first few days of recovery. Avoid using a straw at all costs! The sucking motion can dislodge the blood clot around the surgical site, causing more bleeding. After a day or two of eating cold, soft foods, you can progress to other solids as you start to feel more comfortable.

Cleaning Your Mouth

Keep your mouth clean by gently rinsing with a cup of warm salt water after meals. But remember – no vigorous rinsing! The day after your surgery, you can brush your teeth again as long as you’re gentle at the surgical site.

Your friends and family members might offer some well-intended advice, but make sure you take it with a grain of salt. Ultimately, a dental professional is the only one who can provide you with qualified information that’s guaranteed to help you recover as quickly as possible!

About the Practice

At Wichita Falls Dental, we provide exceptional, compassionate, personalized dental care that is bound to exceed even the highest patient expectations. We use the latest technologies, techniques, and materials to ensure your experience is as smooth as possible. Before your wisdom tooth removal, you’ll have a consultation with our team, and we’ll provide you with tips and tricks to help you make a speedy recovery. Visit our website or call (940) 322-5297 to schedule an appointment.

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