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After you’ve had a wisdom tooth removal process, you need to be watchful so that your tooth and gums can appropriately heal. If you’re not careful, you could reopen the wound or do something that would lead to inflammation, and you’ll need to check up with the doctor again for further services. Here are some instructions and tips you can follow to make your recuperation that much easier:

Plan to rest asap following your procedure. Avoid all strenuous kinds of activities, and don’t do anything that could reopen the spot where the wisdom tooth was.

Don’t consume any beverages other than water for at least one day, and don’t drink from a straw for a week. (Sucking from a straw can draw out blood from the wound.)

This may be the only time we say this, but don’t brush your pearly whites or floss for at least one day after your surgery. Avoid anything that may re-open the stitches.

Use an ice pack and over-the-counter painkillers to relieve pain as you were instructed by our office during your operation.

Community members of Greenfield, Indiana, can pencil in a visit with Greenfield Family Dentistry and Dr. Edward Garry by calling 317-462-1252. We’re looking forward to working with you and your family.