What to expect after wisdom teeth removal?

To ensure that your wisdom tooth recovery be as smooth and pleasant as possible, please follow the instructions below. 

Pain and the complications of infection and swelling can be minimised if the instructions are followed carefully:

  • Keep the gauze pad placed over the wound and bite down for 30-45 minutes, after which, the gauze pad should be removed and discarded.    
  • Avoid vigorous mouth rinsing or touching the wound area following surgery. 
  • Take the prescribed pain medications as soon as you begin to feel discomfort (i.e. when the local anaesthetic starts to wear off).
  • Restrict your activities the day of surgery and resume normal activity when you feel comfortable.   
  • Only on the day of surgery, place ice packs to the sides of your face where surgery was performed. This will reduce the swelling.
  • If you suddenly sit up or stand from a lying position you may become dizzy/fainting, especially if you have not eaten or kept up your fluid intake. Therefore, immediately following surgery, if you are lying down, make sure you sit for at least one minute before standing. 
  • Keep your mouth clean
  • Discolouration of the skin (black, blue, green, or yellow discolouration) is due to blood spreading beneath the skin. This is a normal and may occur 2‐3 days post‐operatively. Moist heat applied to the area may speed up the removal of the discolouration.
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