Wisdom Tooth Removal
After Wisdom Tooth Removal
Immediately Following Surgery
For moderate pain, one or two tablets of Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol may be taken every four hours. Ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) up to 800 mg tablets may be taken every 6-8 hours.
For severe pain, narcotic pain medications may be prescribed. The prescribed pain medicine may make you groggy and will slow down your reflexes. Do not drive an automobile or work around machinery. Avoid alcoholic beverages. Pain or discomfort following surgery should subside more and more each day. If pain persists, it may require attention and you should call our office.
Keep the mouth clean
Nausea and Vomiting
Sutures may be placed in the area of surgery to minimize post-operative bleeding and to help healing. The sutures are designed to dissolve in 5-10 days. Sometimes they become dislodged; this is no cause for alarm. Just remove the suture from your mouth and discard it.
The pain and swelling should subside more and more each day following surgery. If your post-operative pain or swelling worsens or unusual symptoms occur, call the office for instructions.
There will be a socket where the tooth was removed. The socket will gradually heal over the next month and fill in with the new tissue. In the meantime, the area should be kept clean especially after meals with warm water rinses or a toothbrush.
Your case is individual; no two mouths are alike. Do not accept well-intended advice from friends. Discuss your problem with the persons best able to effectively help you: your oral surgeon or your family dentist.
Brushing your teeth is preferred to excessive rinsing – just be gentle at the surgical sites.
A dry socket is when the blood clot gets dislodged prematurely from the tooth socket. Symptoms of pain at the surgical site and even pain to the ear may occur 3-5 days following surgery. Call the office if this occurs.
Most normal activities to include work, exercise, and driving may be eased into 3-4 days following surgery. Delay normal activities if discomfort or swelling persist.