Experts' Tips for Wisdom Tooth Extraction Aftercare and Recovery

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Tips for Wisdom Tooth Extraction Aftercare and Recovery

So you’ve gone and have the dentist extracted the wisdom tooth. Good for you! As you know, many people experience some problems with the way their wisdom teeth grow. The third molar is the last tooth that is developed and it often grows in an abnormal angle.

These conditions often lead to other problems including impacted wisdom teeth or infection. The dentist usually recommend removal of a wisdom tooth if they deem the tooth will likely cause problems in the future. The extraction method used is usually minor surgery with local anesthesia.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction Aftercare and Recovery Tips

Below are some of the tips you can use for the aftercare of the wisdom tooth surgery:

  1. The Appointment

The recommended time for having the surgery is Thursday or Friday, since you will have enough time to recover during weekend. The first two to three days is usually the worse time in the aftercare because you may experience some pain and swelling after the removal. You also need to ask your friend or family a favor to drive you to the dentist office, because you won’t be in a good condition driving home after the surgery.

  1. The Foods

We’ve mentioned in most of our posts that it is important to eat soft or liquid foods after the surgery. Since you’re going to do it for a few days, you might as well stock a lot of them. Go to the grocery store and buy foods that don’t have to be chewed. Avoid cold or hot foods. You should stick to soft foods for about a week. My recommendation would be chicken soup or ramen soup, soft cheese, puddings, etc.

  1. The Waiting

It is a great idea to have some entertainment while you recover. You can use books, movies or even games. My personal choice was FRIENDS the series, some light novels, and online games. What’s yours?

  1. The Empty Socket

During the first 24 hours, it is extremely important to pay attention to the gauze that the dentist give you. Leave them at the empty socket for about 30 minutes to one hour. After that, you may take off the gauze but leave the socket alone. If you feel that there’s still blood oozing, you can use fresh gauze and leave it there again for 30 minutes.

  1. The Habit

There are several habits you may want to avoid during the aftercare. First, you need to stop to try spitting the blood. You should also avoid brushing excessively during the first 24 hours. In fact, some dentist may recommend avoiding brushing during this time. On the second day after the wisdom tooth removal, you can start brushing gently. You can also use warm salt water to rinse your mouth. However, remember to do it very gently. DO NOT gargle. Avoid smoking, alcohol and drinking liquids using straw. Use two pillows to elevate your head while sleeping.

  1. The Pain

Cold ice pack is a good way to decrease the swelling in the first day on your wisdom tooth extraction aftercare. On the second to fourth day we recommend using heating pads to reduce the swelling after the surgery. Use the prescribed pain killers from the dentist. Avoid using aspirin because it can promote further bleedings. The pain should lessen day by day. If you still feel unbearable pain in your second or third day, please contact your dentist for a follow up because that may be a sign of dry socket or infection after wisdom tooth extraction.

There you go! I hope these tips on wisdom tooth removal aftercare and recovery help anyone who are planning to go and get their wisdom tooth extracted!


  1. Natalie Darcy

    October 6, 2015 at 12:26 am

    I have been trying to plan my this for my daughter, do you have any tips about how to know when this surgery ought to happen? This article is actually really helpful to me as a mother. Sometimes it is easy to stress of insignificant details when you lack a clear idea of what things you do need to worry about. I will definitely try to schedule this appointment on a Thursday or Friday so she will have plenty of time to recover; thank you for the tip!

    • Lisa Parker

      January 13, 2016 at 6:01 am

      You’re very welcome, Natalie! It is completely understandable to be worried about your child. It’s our job as a parent after all. We want the best for our children. The most important thing is to stay positive and ensure your child that this is the best decision for her own sake. Believe me, I’ve known some people who completely ignore their problematic wisdom teeth and it literally destroys their second molars.

      As long as you take your daughter to her routine dental checkups, the dentist will help you determining whether your daughter has the potentially problematic wisdom teeth or not. Just discuss your options with the dentist and you should do just fine!

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