A 48-year-old member asked:
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how to recover after wisdom tooth removal?

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Dr. Gary Klugman
45 years experience Dentistry
Take it easy: Ice packs to reduce swelling. Antiinflammatories for pain and swelling. Gauze to bite on to stop bleeding. Follow the instructions you will be given.
Answered on Oct 9, 2016
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Dr. Don Millner
42 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Keep mouth clean!: Post-op pain from wisdom teeth extractions can be reduced by taking pre and post op prescriptions but most importantly going into the procedure with a low oral bacteria count. If people don't floss on a daily basis their mouths are chronically infected. An open boney extraction socket becomes a cesspool that won't heal.Floss daily for a month prior to your extractions and you will heal quickly!
Answered on Oct 9, 2016
Dr. Louis Gallia
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Wisdom tooth tips: Bite on gauze, change pads as become blood soaked. Call surgeon if bleeding 24 hours post surgery. Ice pack on outside of cheek the first 24 hours. Moist heat next 2 or 3 days. • eat soft foods, such as gelatin, pudding, thin soup. Gradually add solid foods as tolerated. No sucking or spitting 3 days. After 1st day, rinse warm salt water 2-3 x day. No smoking 2 days. Brush carefully. Take meds.
Answered on Mar 30, 2014

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