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. Chlorhexadine 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.