Instructions Following Wisdom Teeth (3rd Molars) Removal

  • Immediately following surgery, maintain pressure on the surgical area by biting down on the provided gauze pad or roll until the bleeding stops. A certain amount of bleeding is to be expected following a surgical procedure. Placing the gauze pad over the area and biting firmly will help prevent excessive bleeding. Replace the gauze as necessary until the bleeding stops.
  • For a few days following surgery, you may become dizzy when getting up. Sit up slowly, and give yourself a minute to adjust before getting up and walking.
  • Avoid vigorous activities for three to four days after surgery. You may go back to your normal routine as tolerated.
  • Please fill any prescriptions you have been given and take as directed. If you have been prescribed pain medication other than aspirin, Tylenol or ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin), do not drive, operate heavy equipment, work around machinery or tools, or engage in any other activity that may be unsafe when groggy, as your reflexes and judgment will be affected by the medication.
  • Antibiotics may be prescribed to help prevent infection. If you have been placed on antibiotics, take the medicine as directed.
  • Swelling and stiffness are to be expected the first 24 hours after surgery. Swelling around the face, eyes, and surgical site is not uncommon and may become more noticeable two to three days following surgery. Applying a cold compress to the face near the extraction site will help minimize swelling. If using an ice pack, please do not apply ice directly to your skin but place a cloth between the ice and your skin at all times. You may apply the cold compress for up to 20 minutes on and at least 20 minutes off as needed. After 36 hours the cold compress will have no further impact on swelling. After this period, the application of moist heat to the sides of the face can help reduce swelling.
  • For 24-48 hours following your surgery, do not suck on a straw, drink from a bottle, rinse, spit, or smoke. Avoid hot and spicy foods, carbonated and alcoholic beverages.
  • During the first few days after surgery, restrict your diet to liquids and soft foods such as soups, yogurt, juice, and smoothies.
  • Do not rinse, spit, or brush your teeth on the day of surgery. Resume brushing the day after surgery, avoiding surgical sites with the toothbrush.
  • After brushing, rinse gently with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt mixed with eight ounces of warm water). Start the salt water rinse the day after surgery and repeat 3 times a day for 7-10 days. This will help keep the surgical areas clean and will also help dissolve the sutures.
  • Please do not use the irrigating syringe for the first five days. After five days, fill the syringe with warm salt water and flush out the socket. This will flush out any food or debris.
  • If you are experiencing numbness of the lip, chin, or tongue, be aware that this is usually temporary in nature and normal feeling should return after a few days. Until then, please be cautious while eating and chewing in order to avoid accidentally biting your tongue, cheek or lip.
  • A dry socket can develop when blood clot gets dislodged prematurely from the walls of the tooth socket. Symptoms of a dry socket include throbbing pain at the surgical site, the ear, chin, adjacent teeth, and/or jaw. These symptoms indicate a dry socket when they occur three to four days following surgery and do not respond to pain medication.
  • Please call our office if you experience severe pain, excessive bleeding or swelling, or if you have any questions or concerns. If you are experiencing a serious or life threatening emergency, please call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.

 1. Some BLEEDING after surgery is normal. If the bleeding is excessive, place gauze or a moistened (not soaked) tea bag over the surgical area and “pinch” the gum line. Apply CONSTANT FIRM PRESSURE for 15 to 30 minutes. After this time has elapsed, if the bleeding continues, repeat the procedure. If bleeding does not cease, call the office or if it is after office hours, please call the emergency number. 

2. To minimize swelling apply ICE to the outside of the face adjacent to the surgical site for the first 24 hours after surgery. Use firm pressure for intervals of 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off. The ice is removed periodically to prevent frostbite from occurring. 

3. If SWELLING occurs, it will usually start the day after surgery. This is a normal and common occurrence, and it may be accompanied by bruising. Do not be alarmed if swelling occurs. After the first day, keep repeating the icing protocol. If the swelling seems excessive, do not hesitate to call 516-799-2222. 

4. After the first night, you should rinse your mouth regularly with salt water (1 cup of warm water to 1 teaspoon salt) or peroxide and water (50:50). This will help healing and promote better breath. It will also make your mouth feel better. If you have high blood pressure, use the peroxide mixture. 

5. Soft foods are generally advisable following surgery and for the first few days. Fluids, soups, yogurt, soft cheeses and foods mixed in a blender are all good choices. It is important that you are nourished adequately to promote healing. Return to a normal diet as quickly as possible. 

6. If your lips become dry or chapped or if cracks develop at the corners of your mouth, use Vaseline often to soften your lips, especially at bedtime. 

7. Start to brush the surgical site after about 5 days. You can soften the bristles of the brush by running them under hot tap water. Be gentle at first and gradually increase the pressure on the bristles, as you feel more comfortable. You can try to floss after about 5 days also. 

8. Be certain to take the prescribed antibiotic at the recommended dosage and to return to the office for all scheduled post-operative visits. These will usually be weekly for the first few weeks and monthly until the second stage surgery. 

9. Smoking has been shown to delay healing in the mouth and should be completely eliminated for at least the first week or two following the surgery. Smoking after surgery is one possible cause for early implant failure. 

In the case of an emergency you may contact Dr. Kaur at 914-980-2682 or Dr. Gewant at 516-376-5442, please leave a message including your name and phone number, and we will call you back. 

Contact our office today to schedule your appointment

Dental Implants and Periodontology of Massapequa PC


30 Broadway Suite A




 | Fax: 

Appointment Request

By submitting this form, you agree to receive email, text, and phone communications regarding your appointment request.


Dental Implants and Periodontology of Massapequa PC
30 Broadway Suite A
9am - 4pm
9am - 5pm
9am - 7pm
9am - 3pm
9am - 3pm
8am - 1pm