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If you have recently extracted your wisdom teeth, it’s important that you recover properly. In order to do so, we strongly recommend doing the following things:

· Keep a clean piece of gauze over the pocket of the missing tooth. Apply pressure for 45 minutes to help stop the bleeding. If needed, continue this process with a new gauze pad until the bleeding stops. Avoid rinsing or spitting for the first 24 hours after surgery.
· Ice the affected area with an ice pack. This will reduce the swelling in your face. Apply the pack for 10 minutes and then take it off for 20 minutes. Repeat this process as necessary.
· Take the prescribed medications your doctor gave to you to relieve the pain. If you do not have prescribed medication, you can use over-the-counter pain medications to help.
· Have a liquid diet until the numbness wears off. Then, have a soft-foods diet for a few days to keep the surgical area clean and safe.
· Continue to brush your teeth but avoid brushing the teeth neighboring the affected area for the first 24 hours. On the second day, feel free to brush all of your teeth but be as gentle and as careful as possible. Please stay away from commercial mouth rinses.

These five recovery tips will help you heal properly after your surgery. No one wants additional complications that can be painful and inconvenient. So, if you have any questions about these tips or if you would like to learn more, please call Joseph Rigg, DDS today at 605-225-2050 and talk to a member of our dental team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Joe Rigg if you have any concerns about recovery.