Post-operative Instructions for Wisdom Tooth Removal, download a PDF copy here.
These are the instructions for managing post-operative care issues after your surgery:
PAIN • You will experience some discomfort after your surgery which is expected. The medications you have been prescribed will help significantly reduce this.
• Take your medication as directed: A common regime is Paracetamol every 4 to 6 hours and IBUPROFEN every 8 hours. Normally, this is needed for approximately 3 days. You must take these both to achieve the maximum benefit.
• Take additional pain relief if prescribed such as codeine and if this has been discussed with your surgeon.
SWELLING • You will experience a degree of swelling after your surgery. This is usually worst at day 2 or 3.
• Apply ice packs to the area as often as possible or needed for the first 3 days if possible.
BLEEDING • A small amount of blood from the wound site is expected. If this occurs;
• Apply pressure to the area with the Gauze swabs that were given in your recovery pack.
If you are concerned or this does not stop, contact your surgeon immediately.
MOUTHCARE • Only use mouth rinses after 24 hours post surgery. Chlorhexidine or warm salt water can be used every 8 hours for 2 to 3 days. This aids with healing of the soft tissues.
• DO NOT SPIT OUT as this tends to disrupt the wound edges and can potentially lead to further complications, let the mouth rinse fall out of your mouth.
• Brush your teeth as normal but do not disrupt or disturb the wound area.
EATING • Do not eat or drink any hot foods until the local anesthetic wears off.
SMOKING • Do not smoke or vape for as long as possible. This impairs wound healing and predisposes you to infection.
After sedation and general anaesthetic – the first 24 hours:
CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL • Do not drink any alcohol during this period. This may cause
bleeding and interact with medications that you may be taking.
IMPORTANT DECISIONS • Do not make important decisions such as signing important documents
DRIVING & OPERATING MACHINERY • Do not operate heavy machinery or drive. You will still feel tired after your surgery.
• You may feel sleepy and forgetful for some time after your surgery. This is common and may last for 24 hours after your surgery.