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Taking Care of Yourself After a Wisdom Tooth Extraction

So you’ve been feeling severe pain and swelling around your jaw, your gums are tender, and you’re having trouble eating. After looking carefully, your dentist here at Twin Cities Dental says you have an impacted wisdom tooth and will need a wisdom tooth extraction.

We’ll probably make a thorough assessment, run you through a few tests, prescribe preventive antibiotics, and then help you go through the procedure with the appropriate pain medications. For some, the procedure itself may be the most stressful part. However, quite a few of our patients are concerned about what happens after the procedure.

Our qualified dentists will run you through more detailed wisdom tooth extraction after care, but here’s a few things you might want to know in advance.

Controlling the Bleeding

As you might expect, wisdom tooth extraction does involve bleeding for some time after the procedure. This can be scary for some, but as long as it stops within 24 hours, it’s usually no cause for worry.

To help the bleeding stop faster, be sure to bite into the gauze pads your dentist provides you. Applying pressure can help the blood clot in the wound faster, just as it would if you cut your finger. Change the pads as needed when they gets soaked. Pressure on the wound can make healing faster, and it’s also a great way to manage any pain. An ice pack can also relieve the pain, as well as help constrict blood vessels in the area to control bleeding.

These instructions will apply whether you are given stitches for your wisdom tooth extraction or not.

What Will I Eat?

Initially, you’ll be advised to eat liquids or soft foods that don’t have small particles. Repetitive biting can delay healing and may also result in food getting stuck in or near your wound! This may mean that your post wisdom tooth extraction diet may consist mainly of soup, gelatin, yogurt, ice cream and mashed potatoes! With your gums still sore, however, you probably won’t want to eat anything more at first.

You may add solid foods slowly as your wound heals, but you probably want to avoid hard or crunchy foods. Also, avoid sipping through straws as this might pull out the blood clot that is helping your wound heal.


After a wisdom tooth extraction, it’s best to rest. This will allow your body to focus all its energy to the healing process.

If you do need to work soon afterwards, make sure that you don’t do any heavy lifting or pushing. Exerting yourself after the procedure is not ideal since this can prolong the bleeding.

In the end, you’ll probably find that wisdom tooth extraction at Twin Cities Dental is no sweat. Our dentists are sure to guide you through the entire process and will answer all of your questions and concerns. Like many procedures, it will require some recovery time, but you’ll find that it isn’t as bad as you think!

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