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After Wisdom Tooth Removal

There is some post-operative care that is required after having a wisdom tooth removed.  These instructions will lessen that chance that an infection will develop or a complication will arise.  Right after surgery has been completed, a gauze pad will be placed on the extraction site.  This needs to stay in place for at least forty-five minutes.  It should then be thrown out.  Do not drink anything using a straw and avoid rinsing your mouth.  Doing so could dislodge the blood clot that has formed or disrupt the sutures.  You should limit your physical activity that day.  Rest and relax.  Regular activities can be resumed the next day.  As the local anesthetic wears off, you should take your pain medication, as it has been prescribed, to reduce the amount of pain you feel.

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