Home Care Instruction After Wisdom Teeth Extraction
do i need prescription pain-killers after Extraction?
For most patients, over-the-counter ibuprofen or tylenol taken daily as needed is enough to manage symptoms after a wisdom tooth extraction. Most people do not need prescription pain-killers.
is it normal to have pain and swelling?
Pain and swelling is expected and normal after extraction. Symptoms are typically the most severe around day 2 or 3 after wisdom tooth extraction. As long as symptoms continue to improve, everything is fine. By the end of week 2, most pain and swelling should have disappeared.
should i take days off after extraction?
Pain and swelling is most severe at day 2 and 3 after a tooth is extracted. Because of this, If your job involves talking with clients or public appearances, consider taking these days off.
there is still bleeding a few days later. is this normal?
It is normal to sometimes have slow oozing of blood at the extraction site in the first week. You can bite on a dry tea-bag or gauze if this happens. If bleeding is not stopping or is very significant, call your dentist.