Symptoms After Wisdom Teeth Surgery

Bleeding

Expect a certain amount of bleeding after surgery. Excessive bleeding may be controlled by rinsing the mouth gently, then placing a gauze pad over the area. Bite with firm pressure for another 45 minutes. This can be repeated if necessary. If bleeding further continues, bite on a moist tea bag as this will help slow the bleeding and form a clot. This should be done in 30-minute increments. Sit upright with pillows placed under your head and back to minimize bleeding. If bleeding does not subside, call the office number immediately.

Nausea

If nausea occurs immediately in the post-operative period, it can often be increased by taking pain medication. NEVER take pain medication on an empty stomach. After surgery nausea may be relieved by taking small quantities of a carbonated beverage such as Coke or Sprite every hour. This can be followed with tea, yogurt, broth, and other soft foods.

Swelling

Swelling is very common after surgery. Swelling may increase over the first three days following the surgery, and then it should begin to subside after day 4.

Swelling around the mouth, cheeks, eyes, and sides of the face is not uncommon. The swelling usually reaches its maximum 3-4 days after the surgery.

Ice can be used for the first 24 hours after surgery by applying it to the cheeks near the surgical area.

After the initial 24 hour period, warm compresses with a moist towel often work well to minimize the swelling.

Bruising

Depending on the nature of the surgery, and how your body responds, some discoloring and bruising can be seen to appear on the face 2-5 days after the surgery. If this occurs, there is no need for alarm as it will resolve on its own.

Numbness

Many times, the roots of some wisdom teeth are adjacent to the nerves in the jaw. When the tooth is removed, the nerve may be slightly bothered, which may lead to numbness of your chin, lip, and teeth on that side. No one can determine exactly how long this will remain (usually 6-12 months) but it is rarely permanent.

Pain

Pain medications are often given after wisdom teeth surgery. It is recommended that the prescription be started immediately after the surgery (with food) and continued as directed and/or as necessary. For moderate pain, Tylenol (Acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) may be taken every 6 hours. For severe pain, Dr. Naderi may prescribe a narcotic. Take these medications as directed.

Unable to open mouth completely

This is common after Wisdom Teeth surgery, and should be expected. Jaw exercises (open as wide as you can and close) should be attempted 2-3x daily until your mouth opening is back to normal. This can last 1-2 weeks after surgery.

Other Complications

Slight fever following surgery is not uncommon. If this persists, contact the office. Occasionally, hard bony tissue may be felt. These are the bone walls which supported the tooth which was removed. These usually smooth out on their own but may be removed by Dr. Naderi if they do not.