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So you’ve had your wisdom teeth removed, what comes next? Remember, recovery is important to fully restore your oral health. To help you properly recover following the extraction process, your dentist, Dr. Charles Anderson, and our dental team encourage you to use the following tips:

Tip 1: Try to reduce the bleeding as much as possible by placing a gauze pad over the affected area and applying pressure to it 45 minutes at a time. This should help. Make sure you replace the gauze pad with a clean one every round of pressure.

Tip 2: To relieve pain and reduce swelling, ice outside the affected area for 10 minutes with a 20-minute break in between icing. You can ice with an ice pack or a cold compress.

Tip 3: Take the pain medications and antibiotics prescribed to you as recommended. Doing so will relieve the discomfort and will also keep the area safe from infection. If you do not have prescribed medication, you can relieve the pain by taking over-the-counter pain pills.

Tip 4: When it comes to food, please stick to a liquid diet for the first 24 hours after surgery. You can eat shakes, Jell-O, yogurt, ice cream, and other types of liquid foods. After the first day, keep to a soft-foods diet for an additional three days.

Tip 5: Continue to brush your teeth regularly, but please do not brush the neighboring teeth by the affected area for the first 24 hours. Once the time has passed, feel free to brush those teeth but please do so carefully.

For more tips on how to recover after a wisdom tooth extraction in Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, we invite you to call Anderson Dentistry and speak to a member of Dr. Charles Anderson‘s team at 843-884-2021. We look forward to helping you fully recover from this oral surgery!