After Wisdom Tooth Removal


A small amount of bleeding is normal following surgery. Biting on gauze is the best way to decrease the bleeding, and you will be sent home with extra gauze. Vigorous rinsing or touching of your surgery sites should be avoided. This may exacerbate bleeding or can dislodge the clot that has formed.


Swelling around the mouth, cheeks, eyes and sides of the face is not uncommon. The swelling will not reach its maximum until 2-3 days after your surgery. Ice packs can be applied to the cheeks during the first day to help minimize swelling.


Your pain medication regimen will be discussed with you by your surgeon.


A soft diet is recommended for the first few days. Foods should generally be in the consistency of mashed potatoes, smoothies, pudding, or apple sauce. It is also important to remain hydrated with plenty of liquids.

Oral Hygiene

Gentle tooth brushing can be started the night of surgery. 

Other Concerns

  • Slight elevation of temperature immediately following surgery is not uncommon. If the temperature persists, notify the office. 
  • If the corners of your mouth are stretched, they may dry out and crack. Your lips should be kept moist with an ointment such as vaseline.
  • Stiffness of the jaw muscles may cause difficulty in opening your mouth for a few days following surgery. This is a normal post-operative event which will resolve in time.
  • For patients having sedation, 1-3% can develop a hardened area surrounding the vein where the I.V. was placed. Moist heat and elevation will help relieve your symptoms.