Recovery Tips After Wisdom Teeth Removal

October 28, 2021 4:08 am

Your wisdom teeth may need to be removed if they grow in crooked, don’t erupt through the gums, run into neighboring teeth, or have erupted but are difficult to keep clean. Keeping these problematic teeth can often increase your risk of dental disease.

While wisdom teeth removal can seem like an intimidating procedure, our team is here to help you every step of the way. We want to help you have the easiest, most comfortable recovery process possible. Here are a few post-op tips you can follow to have a smooth recovery after wisdom teeth removal.


Take it as easy as possible during this time. Your body needs energy to repair itself. Avoid bending, lifting, and vigorous exercise, which can disrupt the healing extraction sites.

Keep Your Head Elevated While Sleeping

Sleep with your head propped up on an extra pillow or two for a few nights after your procedure to help decrease discomfort and reduce facial swelling.

Stick to Soft Foods

Before your procedure, stock up on foods that require minimal chewing, like applesauce, yogurt, smoothies, pasta, and blended soups. You will also want to avoid anything too hot or spicy during this time. Avoid any foods that can break into small, sharp pieces like chips, nuts, or other crunchy and hard foods. Drink plenty of water, which is critical for healing and proper functioning of all your body systems.

Do Not Drink Through Straws

Although much of your diet post-extraction will be composed of liquids, it’s important to enjoy your beverages without using a straw. Sucking through a straw can cause the blood clot in the extraction site to become dislodged and result in a painful complication called a dry socket.

Avoid Smoking

Smoking and tobacco products should also be avoided during recovery (and after for the sake of your overall health!). Inhaling on a cigarette can disrupt your extraction site and result in pain that radiates along your jaw. Additionally, tobacco suppresses your immune system, which will prolong your recovery time.

Follow Given Instructions

We will give you specific aftercare guidance at your appointment. These may include instructions regarding your oral hygiene, diet, activities, and medications.

If you have any questions or concerns about your upcoming oral surgery, please contact us our team at Ryan Dental for assistance.


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