What do I need to know after having a wisdom tooth taken out?

After having your wisdom teeth out, you should follow your dentist or oral surgeon's instructions. S/he will provide instructions for helping the extraction site to heal properly, prevent infection and also offer medication and tips for minimizing pain. If you experience severe pain, continued bleeding, swelling or other signs of infection, you should contact your dentist or oral surgeon. Do not use or straw to avoid sucking after the extraction. This can delay healing by disturbing the sutures. Your doctor will also recommend ice or cold compresses to prevent swelling. 

After a wisdom tooth extraction you may experience some pain and swelling in your mouth and on the side of the face where your wisdom tooth was pulled. Your dental surgeon will prescribe medication to help ease the pain as well as antibiotics, if needed for infection. Apply a cold compress to your face to help reduce swelling. You may have stitches and some bleeding at the site where the tooth was removed. The stitches may dissolve or you may need to return to your dentist to have them removed. Discuss with your dentist before surgery whether you should avoid certain foods and liquids after the extraction.

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