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What should I do to heal after a wisdom tooth removal?

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Follow these tips to heal quickly after a wisdom tooth removal:

  • Use an ice pack on your face to curb swelling or skin color changes.
  • Use moist heat for a sore jaw.
  • Gently open and close your mouth to exercise your jaw.
  • Eat soft foods like pasta, rice, or soup.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Brush your teeth starting the second day. Don’t brush against any blood clots.
  • Take the drugs your doctor prescribes to ease pain or swelling.
  • Call your doctor if you have a fever, or if your pain or swelling doesn’t improve.

SOURCES:

Richard E. Bauer III, DMD, MD, assistant professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Louis K. Rafetto, DMD, PA, vice president, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Wilmington, DE.

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons: “Wisdom Teeth Management”

Pennsylvania Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons: “Anesthesia”

Donald G. Rebhun, DMD: "Frequently Asked Questions.”

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 10, 2019

SOURCES:

Richard E. Bauer III, DMD, MD, assistant professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Louis K. Rafetto, DMD, PA, vice president, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Wilmington, DE.

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons: “Wisdom Teeth Management”

Pennsylvania Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons: “Anesthesia”

Donald G. Rebhun, DMD: "Frequently Asked Questions.”

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 10, 2019

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