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What should I do in the first 24 hours after wisdom teeth removal?

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  • You may have bleeding for several hours after tooth extraction.
  • Avoid rinsing or spitting, avoid "sucking" actions, and avoid hot liquids.
  • Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for minor pain. Your dentist or oral surgeon may prescribe more potent pain relievers.
  • Finish any antibiotics that your dentist prescribed.
  • Eat only liquid foods until all the numbness from anesthesia has worn off. Avoid alcohol.
  • Continue to brush your teeth, but avoid the teeth directly neighboring the extracted tooth.

From: Dental Health and Wisdom Teeth WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE: American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on March 17, 2019

SOURCE: American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on March 17, 2019

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