Post-Op and Recovery from Wisdom Teeth Removal
After your procedure, we will continue to monitor your breathing, consciousness, and comfort. We will give you post-operative instructions and discharge you when you are awake and alert. You can also get detailed post-surgical instructions on our website.
Although the anesthesia will keep you comfortable for a few hours after surgery, you may start taking over-the-counter or prescription medication as instructed by Dr. Hambleton. Rest and keep your head elevated to minimize discomfort, bleeding at the extraction sites, and swelling. If bleeding persists, bite down on gauze or a damp tea bag, which contains tannic acid and contracts blood vessels so that clots can form. You can reduce swelling by applying cold packs on the sides of your face at 20-minute intervals. Swelling should decrease within 48 hours. Discontinue cold packs after the third day and apply warm compresses if needed.
Still, by the third day, your recovery should be progressive. Dr. Hambleton wants you to have a safe, smooth, comfortable recovery and will assist you throughout the process. We encourage you to contact us with questions or concerns regardless of the day or time.