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Wisdom tooth extraction is a serious surgery that can improve your oral health as well as prevent major dental issues. It is a necessary treatment that can help you in the long run. If you have recently undergone wisdom tooth extraction surgery, we encourage you to take the recovery process seriously. To help you properly recover, we recommend doing the following things:

· Keep the bleeding down as much as possible. You can do so by placing a clean gauze pad over the affected area and applying pressure to it for a total of 45 minutes. If the bleeding doesn’t slow, repeat the process with a new gauze.
· Ice outside the area to keep the swelling down. We recommend icing for 10 minutes and then taking a 20 minute break. Repeat this process as necessary.
· Take pain medications to help with the discomfort. Dentists and oral surgeons generally prescribe medications to the patients, so if that is the case for you, please take the pills as recommended. If not, you are more than welcome to take over-the-counter pain medications to help.
· Keep your diet strictly to liquids for the first 24 hours. This will help you keep the surgical area clean and safe. On the second day, keep to soft foods. It’s best to maintain a soft-foods diet for about three days after your surgery.
· Continue to brush your teeth regularly, but please avoid brushing the teeth that are neighboring the surgical area. However, after the first 24 hours, you can start brushing those teeth again—just be soft and gentle as you do so.

It is very important that you take proper care of your oral health as you recover, so if you have any questions or if you need help, please feel free to call our office at 248-559-0995 at any time. We are here to help you in any way we can, and Dr. Sylvan Stern is happy to meet with you if you have any concerns. Our team at Sylvan S. Stern, DDS cares for you and your smile, and we look forward to helping you!