Wisdom Teeth Removal: Post-Operative Care

A wisdom tooth extraction is unlike any other tooth removal and can require an extended recovery period.

As always, this information is only a guide and you should follow your dentist’s instructions to the letter.

General post-operative care instructions also apply.

Eating and Drinking

Absolute care must be taken within the first 24 hours to avoid applying pressure or suction to the wound. Therefore, do not use a straw, don’t spit and rinse the mouth very gently if necessary for comfort.

Stick to a soft diet of soup, mashed potato or other foods that don’t require chewing and only eat on the opposite side of the mouth from the tooth socket.

Over the next few days you can reintroduce other foods into your diet.

Warm Salt Water

Because the extraction will have left a deep socket, you will need to take extra care to keep the area clean to avoid infection.

Stir a level teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water and let it gently wash over the area. Carry out a rinse after meals and before bed for seven days.


You can resume brushing your teeth gently one day after the surgery. As this recovery period continues it requires even greater than usual oral hygiene, and you should brush after each meal as well before bed.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding with a surgical or invasive procedure, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.


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