How should I Care for my Mouth after having my Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Caring for your mouth after a wisdom tooth extraction is just like any other extraction. If you have had severely impacted wisdom teeth removed surgically, then considerable swelling and a ‘hamster face’ may result- icing can play an important part in reducing this inflammation.

There may be some additional considerations if you have had a general anaesthetic or sedation but otherwise the aftercare instructions are the same; aimed at getting a good healthy clot to form and have you heal up nice and quickly.

Extraction aftercare should help to answer any questions you may have, such as

  • Do I need to come back?
  • What painkillers (analgesics) should I take?
  • Do I need antibiotics after my wisdom tooth extraction?
  • How do I know it is healing?
  • What problems might I get afterwards?
  • How long will recovery take? Do I need time off?
  • Can I exercise?
  • What can I eat?
  • Should I use mouthwash?
  • What should I do if it bleeds?