After Wisdom Tooth Removal

Wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical procedure that requires certain post-operative care to reduce the chance of infection or other complications.  Immediately following surgery, a gauze pad will be placed over the extraction site.  This should not be removed for the first 45 minutes, and then can be discarded after that.  You should refrain from drinking from a straw or rinsing your mouth to ensure that you do not dislodge the blood clot that has formed over the extraction site.  Limit your activities the day of the surgery and remember that rest is beneficial for healing. You can resume your regular activities the following day.  Take your pain medication as prescribed to reduce the amount of pain and discomfort after the local anesthetic wears off.  As with any oral surgery, you should refrain from drinking through a straw or smoking as doing so creates suction and may disrupt the sutures.

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