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When people think of wisdom tooth extraction, they think of the funny things they say because they’re loopy from the sedation. They often shrug off the recovery process, which is not recommended. It’s best to take the recovery process seriously so you can have a strong and restored oral health once again.

To help you fully recover following wisdom tooth extraction in Manchester, Michigan, your dentist, Dr. Steven Rodriguez, and our dental team encourage you to do the following things:

No. 1: Reduce the bleeding as much as possible. You can do so by placing a clean gauze pad over the affected area and gently biting down on it for a period of 45 minutes. This pressure should reduce the bleeding. Repeat this process as necessary.

No. 2: Ice outside the affected area for 10 minutes on and 20 minutes off. Repeat this process so the facial swelling remains controlled. This will also help with the pain and discomfort you might feel. You can ice the area with an ice pack, a bag of frozen peas or corn, or a cold compress.

No. 3: Take pain medications and antibiotics as recommended. Doing so will help relieve the pain and will also keep the surgical area safe from infection and bacteria.

No. 4: Keep to a strict liquid diet for the first 24 hours after surgery. Then, keep a soft-foods diet for another three days. Eating liquid and soft foods will keep particles from being lodged into the pocket of the missing tooth.

No. 5: Continue brushing normally. However, during the first 24 hours after surgery, please avoid brushing the teeth that neighbor the affected area. You can begin brushing these teeth on the second day, but please be gentle as you do so.

If you would like to know more about the recovery process or if you have any questions regarding the tips we’ve given you, please feel free to call Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Manchester today at 734-428-8000 and talk to a member of our dental team. We are here to help you in any way we can, and we strongly recommend scheduling an appointment with Dr. Steven Rodriguez or Dr. Swapna Kakarla if you have any concerns.