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What You Need To Know Wisdom Tooth Extraction Aftercare

Let’s face it, wisdom tooth removal is never fun! After all, removing those pesky wisdom teeth usually requires extensive surgery which can leave patients aching. Your dentist has a variety of solutions including anesthesia to help you relax during the procedure, but you’ll need methods for coping once you’re at home, too.

If you’re planning on getting your wisdom teeth removed, it’s important that you know the steps to follow afterward. Keep reading to learn more about wisdom tooth extraction aftercare from your McAllen dentists.

Remember: this blog does not serve as a substitute for professional medical advice. Speak to your dentist about any plans you have to change your habits or prepare for recovery.

What Do I Do After Surgery?

After wisdom tooth extraction surgery, there are plenty of ways to improve your recovery process. Keep in mind that the recovery from wisdom tooth removal can take around a week. In the meantime, follow these tips to avoid any follow-up issues and reduce your pain.

  • Rest
  • Remove gauze as directed
  • Ice
  • Avoid touching the site
  • Drink water
  • Don’t rinse vigorously


Plan to get plenty of rest the day of your procedure and in the following week. Resume a comfortable activity level as you heal. If you feel lightheaded or dizzy, take a break and resume another day. Strenuous activity increases blood circulation, and we don’t want you to start bleeding again once it has stopped. 


Your eating and drinking habits will change slightly after a wisdom tooth removal. Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated beverages as this can irritate the wound and weaken stitches. Avoid straws as they increase the risk of dry sockets. Instead of hot, spicy, and hard foods, consume soft and high nutritious foods. Soup, broth, yogurt, and applesauce are excellent sources of soft, nutritious meals.  


Hygiene plays a prominent role in infection control. Your dentist or oral surgeon may prescribe a salt or mouthwash rinse 24 to 48 hours after the procedure. Continue brushing your teeth as directed by your dentist. You should avoid tobacco use as well for up to 72 hours. 

What To Do In Case of Wisdom Tooth Removal Symptoms


If bleeding continues after you’ve removed your surgical gauze as directed, use gauze or a wet tea bag to control the bleeding, and replace gauze every 30 minutes as needed. Call your local dentist’s office to check for further complications if the bleeding increases or persists for a few hours.


You may experience some nausea or vomiting after the procedure due to anesthesia or accidentally swallowing small amounts of blood. Take small sips of water and rest to fight off any sickness. Call your dentist or oral surgeon’s office if nausea or vomiting doesn’t subside after two to four hours.


As the anesthesia subsides, you may feel some pain and discomfort. These side effects are expected. Every person and situation is different, so you may only need an over-the-counter medication such as Tylenol to relieve your pain. Your doctor may also prescribe more serious pain relievers as needed. Be sure to follow the directions as prescribed by your dentist or oral surgeon.


It’s best to leave your stitches alone! There are two types of stitches used following wisdom tooth extraction – dissolvable or removable stitches. In most cases, dissolvable stitches fall out on their own after seven to ten days. Removable stitches do not dissolve on their own. Your dentist will schedule an appointment to remove stitches once the gums have healed.  


During the wisdom tooth extraction and healing process, your gums will probably go through a lot. Swelling is expected immediately after surgery. For the first 24 hours, ice the affected side to reduce your swelling. Alternate the cold compress with heat every 30 minutes to reduce swelling and pain. 

Signs That Something Is Wrong

You may or may not experience some complications after surgery. However, it is good to be aware of potential issues that may come your way. If any of these issues arise, call your McAllen dentist at WhiteWing Dental immediately for an evaluation.

  • Excessive bleeding
  • Persistent bleeding
  • Fever
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Unmanageable pain

Remember: your health always comes first. If you have any concerns during your wisdom tooth extraction recovery process, don’t hesitate to reach out to WhiteWing for help.

WhiteWing Dental has You Covered!

Each person is different, and each person will experience a slightly different recovery process. Some may just need to undergo a quick procedure to pull one tooth, while others may need to undergo intense surgery. 

No matter what sort of dental care you need, the experienced team at WhiteWing Dental can provide high-quality dental services to protect your health. You can rely on us to help if you ever have any concerns or questions about your dental health or procedure recovery process. Don’t wait to schedule your regular check-up and cleaning!

If you have questions regarding an upcoming procedure, Call your WhiteWing Dental office today!

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