Wisdom Teeth Removal Instructions

Wisdom Teeth Removal Instructions

Plan some rest immediately after your surgery

One thing is certain, you will need to allow yourself some rest immediately after your surgery.  You will also need to avoid strenuous efforts.  It is therefore the perfect opportunity for a quiet evening at home!  Also, ask someone to accompany you home after the procedure because the anesthesia (local, intravenous or general) will not allow you to drive a vehicle.

Planning your surgery

Following a wisdom teeth evaluation, you will be able to plan the time of your surgery.  The extraction of the four teeth in a single appointment is commonly scheduled, particularly for a matter of discomfort associated with anesthesia and convalescence.  The extractions may, however, be planned individually. Take time to discuss with your surgeon about the reasons justifying his or her decision.  If you prefer separate surgeries despite the first recommendation of your surgeon, mention it to him or her and you can certainly agree on a plan that suits everyone.

The surgeon will provide you with a document including the preoperative and postoperative instructions to familiarize yourself with the surgery.

Information that will be provided to you when planning for your surgery

Here are the information and prescriptions that will be given to you by your dentist at the planning appointment:

  • Prescription of oral sedatives;
  • Prescription of painkillers and anti-inflammatories;
  • Prescription of antibiotics (if applicable);
  • Written postoperative instructions;
  • Recommended diet.

After the surgery

Once the surgery is completed, you’ll have a short recovery period to ensure that everything goes well. The person who must accompany you will be contacted, if not already present.  Many take advantage of this moment to pay the invoice, get a doctor’s note for work or school and the documents for the insurance claim.

The surgeon will tell you how the procedure went and will give you his or her recommendations. The details of your surgery will also be recorded in your dental file and you can consult them as needed by calling the assistant or the secretary.

The surgeon or the assistant will confirm you the dosage of the prescribed medication and will ask you to plan a follow-up visit a few days after the surgery.

Over the following days, relax and observe the instructions supplied by your surgeon.

Normal consequences of the surgery

Your surgery went well and as expected, you have scheduled a postoperative appointment with your surgeon. However, you are presenting some symptoms or are worried about something?

Here are some possible consequences of the surgery:


In most people, the face may present some swelling. It may be apparent only on one side of the face or both. The swelling can even increase within 48 hours after the surgery. During this period, you can apply ice 15 minutes every hour. If swelling persists past the first two days after surgery, you can apply warm and moist compresses at the same frequency (15 minutes every hour).

If you are respecting the dosage of your medication, the swelling should resorb and disappear within a week after the surgery. It is important to contact your surgeon or his team if the swelling lasts more than 7 days or if sudden swelling appears after the first 48 hours.

Discolouration of the skin

The skin of your face, especially at the level your cheeks, may show some discolouration (bruising).  Although aesthetically unpleasant, this situation is rather normal and your skin will return to its usual complexion within a week.  If this symptom extends beyond this period, see your surgeon.

Pink-coloured saliva

If your saliva is slightly tinged with pink, everything is normal.  On the other hand, if bleeding is abundant in the first 48 hours, stop the bleeding by biting 30 minutes into a gauze or cotton that you place onto the bleeding site. If the gauze is heavily soaked after this half hour, repeat immediately. If this does not seem to stop the bleeding or if you are in the presence of bleeding after the first 48 hours, contact your surgeon.

Sore corners of the mouth

Burning at corners of the mouth or on lips and wounds inside your cheeks may occur. This burning sensation may be caused, among other things, by the continuous effort of stretching or traction during surgery. These injuries will disappear on their own within a few days after the procedure.

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