Read more about Wisdom Teeth removal in our Procedures section.
The removal of wisdom teeth is a surgical procedure and your post operative care is very important. Unnecessary pain and complications can be reduced to a minimum by adhering to the following instructions carefully.
Immediately Following Wisdom Tooth Surgery
Vigorous mouth rinsing immediately following surgery should be avoided. This may initiate bleeding by causing the blood clot that has formed to become dislodged.
Take the prescribed pain medications as soon as you begin to feel discomfort. This will usually coincide with the anaesthetic wearing off.
Place ice packs to the sides of your face where surgery was performed.
Slight bleeding, oozing, or redness in the saliva is not uncommon. Excessive bleeding may be controlled by placing a damp bite pack eg: damp folded tissue, gauze or tampon over the bleeding area and bite firmly for 20 minutes. Repeat if necessary. If bleeding does not subside within an hour contact the surgery or Dr Chahoud’s mobile if after hours.
Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery and usually peaks 2-3 days following the operation. To minimize swelling, apply ice packs on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply intermittently (15 minutes on then 10 minutes off) for 24 to 48 hours. Sleep with your head propped up on two pillows to avoid swelling. Stiffness of the jaw muscles may cause difficulty in opening your mouth for a few days following surgery. This is a normal post-operative event which will resolve in time.
Dr Chahoud will have prescribed appropriate pain relief and this will be dispensed by the hospital pharmacy on the day of your surgery. You should begin taking pain medication as soon as you feel the anaesthetic wearing off. When taking these medications avoid alcohol and driving. For moderate pain, use milder pain medications such as Panadol or Nurofen (no script necessary), reserving the stronger medications for night time if needed.
Dr Chahoud will have prescribed appropriate antibiotic cover and this will be dispensed by the hospital pharmacy on the day of your surgery. Be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection. Should you experience a rash or persistent nausea, cease all medications and contact Dr Chahoud’s rooms immediately.
Mouth Rinse and Oral Care
Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. Do not rinse your mouth on the evening of surgery. Begin normal tooth brushing and rinsing the day after surgery. Use Savacol Mouth Wash and dilute 1:1 with warm water. Rinse 3 times daily after meals and continue for up to one week after surgery.
Stitches will dissolve or come away approximately 5 to 12 days after surgery. There can be a small hole in the gum where the tooth was removed and this will gradually close over the following days. Smoking prior to or after surgery will increase your risk of post operative complications such as infection.
You can commence eating on the day of surgery but you must avoid anything hot. You can begin with soft solid foods and plenty of fluids. Scrambled eggs, fish, mashed vegetables, yogurt is a good example. A soft diet is recommended until your mouth feels comfortable. Eating regularly is very important to avoid nausea caused by the medications. A nutrient rich diet will help you to feel better, have more strength, less discomfort and heal faster. Please see our recommended food list for more ideas.
Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. Resting for at least five days after surgery is advisable to help keep swelling and bleeding to a minimum. Routine exercise can usually commence seven days after surgery.