Get Wise: What to Expect After Your Wisdom Teeth Removal


Even though not everyone has wisdom teeth.

Around 85% of U.S. adults have to have their wisdom teeth removed to protect oral health.

The procedure for wisdom teeth removal is extremely common and very routine for Dr. Reed Day, as he has perfected this and removes a set of wisdom teeth in under 10 minutes and has performed this procedure over 25,000 times and counting. However, it’s understandable that you may be wondering what to expect.

Keep reading to discover what to expect to from your wisdom teeth extraction. Let’s go!

1. The First Hour After Oral Surgery

Well done! The hardest part is over.

Now you need to bite down on the gauze packs. (which are provided with your procedure at the Oral & Facial Surgery Center)

Dr. Reed Day will provide you with some prescriptions, pain, anti-inflammatory, and an antiseptic mouthwash.

After approximately one hour, you can remove the packs. If the bleeding continues even after an hour, then you need to replace the packs with new gauze packs.

2. Brush Your Teeth

You may be permitted to brush your teeth after oral surgery. However, make sure you brush gently or you may cause damage.

3. Avoid Smoking

You should avoid smoking cigarettes in the days after your surgery. This could undermine the healing of your mouth during the first week.

4. Bleeding

If you experience intermittent bleeding in the immediate days after your oral surgery, this is nothing to worry about.

You just need to place a gauze pack under the areas affected by the bleeding until the bleeding subsides.

If you experience persistent bleeding in the hours following surgery, you should continue to keep a gauze pack in place and contact your surgeon.

5. Swelling

You may notice some swelling of your mouth. However, assuming Dr. Reed Day performed the procedure, this will be very minimal as his surgical efficiency has greatly minimized the amount of tissue trauma and swelling. As it only took less than 10 minutes to remove your wisdom teeth.

This can be controlled with the use of a gel pack (a bag of ice or frozen vegetables with a towel wrapped around it is also suitable).

However, don’t apply this for more than 20 minutes at any one time.

You can remove the gel pack for 20 minutes on and off for the first 24 hours after surgery. If the swelling doesn’t improve in this time, then you should contact your surgeon for advice.

You may also be prescribed medicine to treat the swelling. You should take this as you were instructed.

6. Pain

You should expect to experience some pain and discomfort following oral surgery. If you were prescribed pain medication, you should take this as instructed.

The pain should be worse after the local anesthetic wears off (normally six hours after surgery). If the pain worsens after this, then you may consider contacting your surgeon.

7. Nausea

In the aftermath of surgery, it’s common to experience a degree of nausea. This could also be caused by pain medications.

Make sure you stay hydrated and rest during bouts of nausea.

8. What to Eat

After oral surgery, many people are concerned about what they are to eat. You should avoid hot food.

The softer the food the better. Think soups, yogurts, and smoothies. Also, don’t eat anything hard, such as nuts.

Make sure you continue to eat a healthy and balanced diet during the days after surgery. This is important to maintain your strength.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Now you have nothing to fear from wisdom teeth removal surgery. You know what to expect and what to do after surgery.

If you’re interested in becoming a new patient at our surgery, get in touch with us today.

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