Medically reviewed by: Maher Jandali DMD, MD

When you are preparing for wisdom teeth removal, you may only be thinking about the procedure itself. But in truth, the recovery period is a very important part of the entire process and one you should prepare for by knowing what to expect. This will ensure your recovery period goes smoothly and that you are able to avoid any complications.

Below you will find some important aftercare instructions you should adhere to during your wisdom teeth removal recovery.

  • Wound closure. If you receive sutures after wisdom teeth removal, they will dissolve within 5-7 days after your procedure. However, some patients require bone grafting in the extraction site, and for those patients, tissue glue will be used to seal the site. This will need to be removed by your oral surgeon, so please keep your post-op appointments as recommended.
  • Gauze packs after surgery. After your oral surgeon removes your wisdom teeth, you will need to bite down gently, but firmly on the gauze packs he provides. After 30 minutes, the packs can be removed. It is important that you not sleep, eat, or drink with the gauze in your mouth.
  • Address bleeding. Patients in Naperville should be aware that minor bleeding after wisdom teeth removal is normal, but severe bleeding is not. If you experience severe or persistent bleeding, it is recommended to replace your gauze packs with moist tea bags for 20-30 minutes. These will help the surgical sites form clots by contracting the blood vessels. If you are still experiencing severe bleeding after taking this step, be sure to contact the office immediately.
  • Address swelling. Some patients experience swelling after wisdom teeth removal. To minimize swelling, apply ice packs to the cheeks or neck area for 20 minutes at a time, every hour, for the first 24 hours.
  • Diet restrictions. In the days following your wisdom teeth removal, it is important that you maintain a healthy diet, though you should stick to soft foods or liquids to protect your wounds. Do not use a straw during the first week after your surgery and avoid hot or crunchy foods.
  • Medication after surgery. Our doctors recommend taking Advil or Ibuprofen to mitigate any discomfort you may feel after wisdom teeth removal. However, there are some instances when he may prescribe pain medication. Regardless of the type of medication used for pain relief, be sure to take it as directed and on a schedule.
  • Oral hygiene. On the day of your wisdom teeth removal, it is important that you avoid disturbing the surgical area. Do not rinse vigorously, spit, or touch the area with any objects. The day after surgery, you may begin brushing your teeth carefully. If you have been prescribed Chlorhexidine Rinse, use it for at least 30 seconds 2 times a day for 5 days.
  • Tobacco use. Tobacco is very detrimental to the healing process, and it could cause an uncomfortable complication called dry socket. Avoid the use of all tobacco products for at least 48 hours after surgery.
  • Exercise. You should not perform any exercise or intense physical activity for at least 5 days following your procedure. Also, do not lift anything more than 15 pounds, including your children.

Call Our Naperville Office With Any Questions

Now that you know what to expect after wisdom teeth removal, please do not hesitate to call Oral and Facial Surgery of Naperville with any questions you have regarding the procedure or recovery period. We want you to be well prepared in every possible way before the day of your surgery. You can reach a member of our friendly team in Naperville by calling (630) 961-5151 today!