Ensure the most efficient and safe recovery after wisdom teeth extraction by following these important guidelines.


Gently but firmly bite the gauze packs placed over the surgical areas.Leave them in place for 30 minutes.You may gently remove the packs. Remember to dampen the gauze with tap water so as not to tug at the blood clot.You should not drink, eat, or sleep with the gauze in.You may continue to ooze for 24 hours.

The recovery process should take into account the following factors:

Oral surgery can sometimes have minimal aftereffects, so all instructions may not apply.In such cases, use common sense.If in doubt, though, call our office at (630) 364-2888 for clarification.

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Are There Any Problems After the Extraction of Wisdom Teeth?

Any medical procedure can lead to complications or unanticipated results.Some complications patients may experience include:

During your post-operative appointment, your escort will be provided with information about your post-operative instructions.Please follow these instructions carefully, as following them will make you more comfortable following your procedure.Having been sedated, you will be drowsy and comfortable when you leave the office.For a few days, patients prefer to rest at home without participating in any physical or academic activities.Occasionally, unexpected outcomes may occur with any medical procedure.Some of these may include delayed healing, infection, and numbness or tingling after surgery.On your visit with Dr. Scherer, he will answer any questions you may have and will also discuss relevant post-operative developments with you.

When the effect of local anesthesia wears off, you may experience tingling or numbness in your lip, chin, or tongue.It usually resolves over the course of several weeks or months when this happens.Rarely, it can result in a permanent alteration of sensation similar to a local anesthetic.We believe it is important that you are aware of this possibility before you consent to surgery.

Nerves within the lower jaw bone provide sensations for the lower lip, chin, and tongue.Frequently, this nerve is located near the lower wisdom tooth roots.The roots of these teeth are usually shorter when they are pulled between the ages of 12 and 18 so that the nerve is not as close to their roots.The nerve can sometimes be affected when the teeth are removed, especially in older patients.

The upper wisdom teeth are located close to your sinuses, and their removal can cause a gap between your mouth and the sinus.As stated before, if the teeth are removed at a young age, the formation of roots is minimal and this complication is highly unlikely.Typically, it will close spontaneously, but we may give you special instructions to follow, such as not blowing your nose while it occurs

In the days following surgery.Do not blow your nose but wipe it.When sneezing, use a tissue and sneeze with your mouth open.There should be no pressure in the sinus area, which may dislodge the healing blood clot.To prevent this problem after surgery, please contact the office.Closing the opening may rarely require a second surgery.


People often experience dry sockets following dental surgery.A blood clot may break up prematurely in the empty socket due to premature tooth loss.It is found more frequently in people who smoke or who take birth control pills.They can affect either jaw, but typically affect the lower jaw on the third to fifth day.

Their presence causes deep, dull, continuous pain on the affected side(s). .The symptoms often appear in the middle of the night, and your pain medication regimen may not be helping.A change of prescription may be required.Sometimes it is helpful to place a medicated dressing in the empty tooth socket.

It will help decrease the pain and protect the socket from food particles.In most cases, the pain relief lasts for 24 to 48 hours, and dressings should be changed every day or two for five to seven days.Once you have been pain-free for two to three days, your clothes can be removed.However, you do not heal faster with a dressing.Only the dressing is used to control pain.When the pain is controlled by medication, the socket heals without dressing.The irrigation device may be provided after the dressing is removed to prevent food particles from accumulating in the extraction site.

Sometimes, post-operative infections occur.These are usually treated through a consultation and examination in the office.An antibiotic for one week will often be enough to get rid of an infection.In such situations, the area will need to be drained and cleaned.In addition to stiff jaws, chafing around the mouth will also be experienced during the postoperative period

In addition, you may have bruising on your lips, facial bruising, and bleeding from the extraction sites.We will provide a postoperative instruction sheet that should address most of these more common concerns.Don't hesitate to call Wheaton Oral Surgery and Implant Center Phone Number 630-364-2888 if you need further assistance.

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