Home Care After Wisdom Tooth Extraction


Many people get nervous at the thought of wisdom tooth extraction. However, the process is done very quickly and requires no effort from the patient. It is afterwards when great care is needed to keep the site clean and free from infection. The first week of recovery is a critical time when patients are most prone to complications. Here at Simply Wisdom Teeth, you will be provided with a list of instructions to follow post extraction. These Home Care instructions will provide you with the best care as you begin the process of recovery.

  1. Bite down on gauze for two hours, changing every 20 minutes or when soaked through with blood and saliva. The main bleeding will usually last 2-6 hours, but don’t be alarmed if bleeding continues. You can expect slight oozing for up to 24-48 hours. When resting on the first day, keep your head slightly elevated using two pillows. Lying down flat or trying to get up too soon will cause more bleeding and swelling.

  2. Apply ice packs to the affected area, for the first 36 hours. On the third to fifth days following the wisdom teeth removal, apply heat to the swollen areas as often and as long as possible until swelling disappears.

  3. Do not rinse the mouth for 24 hours. Once that first 24 hours has passed, start rinsing with lukewarm salt-water rinses. DO NOT SWISH WATER OR SPIT AGGRESSIVELY! Fill your mouth with water and turn your head from side to side allowing the water to gently move from one side of the mouth to the other. Allow the water to fall into the sink when finished. Repeat 10-15 times a day for the first seven days until healing is complete.

  4. For 5-7 days following extraction, a liquid diet is best. Focus on eating foods that do not require chewing and do not use a straw. Be sure to rinse gently after each meal (as directed in #3) gradually return to a normal diet by day seven. Suggested foods for first 24-72 hours:

  • Smoothies (without seeds)
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Instant Breakfast
  • Soup
  • Liquid nutrition drinks
  • Cream Soups
  • Yogurt
  • Apple Sauce
  • Pudding
  • Popsicles
  • Jell-O
  • Ice Cream
  • Water

5.  Pick up the prescriptions on your way home or as soon as possible. Take the tablets upon arriving home; Follow the instructions given on the reverse side of this page.

6. Your stitches will dissolve and fall out on their own in 2-4 days. If they fall out sooner, this is fine. Please do not worry. If they are still in place after one week, call our office for a removal appointment.

The healing time needed after wisdom tooth extraction varies from person to person and depends on the severity of the case as well as the method of removal. Following these instructions from Simply Wisdom Teeth will allow the most comfort during your recovery and prevent any complications from arising.


Simply Wisdom Teeth helps make wisdom teeth removal simple and hassle free.

For more information call (435) 652-1243

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What is Dry Socket and How Do I Avoid It?

What is Dry Socket and How Do I Avoid It?

If you are thinking about having your Wisdom Teeth removed you have probably heard the term "Dry Socket" from someone who has had there Wisdom Teeth removed and developed the dreaded "Dry Socket" 


So what exactly is Dry Socket and what can you do to avoid getting one? 


First off, Dry socket usually occurs 5-10 days after a tooth is extracted. When the tooth is extracted  a blood clot forms in the tooth socket and seals the area so that it can heal. Dry Socket occurs when the blood clot breaks down or is dislodged, This exposes the bone and nerves of the tooth and causes extreme pain. 


Now the good news is that  only 2 to 5% of people will develop a dry socket and there are some things you can do to avoid it all together. We call them the 5 S's. 


1 - Don't Smoke for 7 days after the surgery. Smokers have a much higher risk of Dry Socket and we see these patients back in our office with dry socket more often then not. 


2 - Don't Spit, when rinsing your mouth after the surgery, try to be gently for a couple days, if you can avoid Spitting you will be better off!


3 - Don't Swish, also when rinsing, try to think of rinsing as if we are disinfecting the surgical sites rather than trying to get ready for a hot date! 


4 - Dont Suck, we want to avoid sucking through a straw if at all possible for a few days after the surgery. This will help to keep the blod clots in the socket where they belong. 


5 - Last but not least No Solids! stick to your Soft food diet for 5-7 days. Besides not smoking this is the most important one, Almost every patient that comes back in to be treated for dry socket has a socket full of food that has to be rinsed out before it can be treated. This is super important! 


Our goal at Simply Wisdom Teeth is to first help you avoid getting a Dry Docket, however if you do happen to be one of the 2-5% please rest assured that we will be hear to help. We have a 24 hr. Nurse Line that you can call to get help. In most cases we will meet you at the office, clean out the socket, and put some medicine in the socket to relieve you of the pain.  In some cases we will have to do this 2-3 times before you heal up from the Dry Socket.  Our promise to you is that we  will be there to help you if it happens to you! 


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Why Do My Wisdom Teeth Hurt? Reason #2

Why do your wisdom teeth hurt!?  Because they hate you?  Because they are cursed?  For no discernible reason at all?  Sometimes it truly feels that way.  But usually there is a reason for the pain.


REASON #1:  Soft Tissue Pain and Infection

Oftentimes the wisdom tooth only partially erupts.  When this happens you will notice that part of the tooth is in your mouth while part is still covered with gums(see the picture at right).  This hurts because bacteria can accumulate under the gums and cause swelling.  Have you felt like your wisdom tooth was moving up and down?  It really isn’t moving, but the tissue over the tooth is swelling up with infection and then bursting.  That is why to you it feels like your tooth is moving up and down!

Sometimes this condition can be remedied by simply removing the tissue around the tooth; however, more often than not, the only remedy is the removal of the tooth!

If your wisdom teeth are hurting, call our office (435) 652-1243 for an appointment today!

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Why Do My Wisdom Teeth Hurt? Reason #1

Why do your wisdom teeth hurt!? Because they hate you? Because they are cursed? For no discernible reason at all? Sometimes it truly feels that way. But usually there is a very logical reason for the pain.


REASON #1:  Your Wisdom Tooth has a Cavity!

Yes, it really can happen, wisdom teeth do get cavities!  When a wisdom tooth begins to erupt, it becomes exposed to the bacteria in the mouth.  These bacteria will cause the wisdom tooth to decay!  More often then not, your wisdom teeth are very hard to clean and so the bacteria flourish.

You may opt to have your wisdom tooth fixed with a filling; however, the expense and inconvenience are rarely worth the effort.  (And believe me, we dentists don’t like to do fillings that far back in the mouth!!)  It is difficult for the dentist to insure a quality restoration on a decaying third molar.

The solution?  Get it out! 

For more information call (435) 652-1243

For more info about Dr. Hendrickson and our team CLICK HERE

Visit our website www.lasvegaswisdomteethremoval.com or www.simplywisdomteeth.com