Q: How long do I need to take off from work or school?
A: You will generally need 7 days of recovery for extraction of wisdom teeth. Typically no additional time is needed for 1 or 2 extractions or implant placement.

Q: How long does it take to actually heal?
A: It takes 1-2 weeks for your body to heal from wisdom teeth extractions.

Q: How often should I be placing gauze in my mouth after surgery?
A: You should change to fresh gauze every 40 minutes, as needed, for the first 12 hours after surgery. However, do not sleep with gauze in your mouth.

Q: What can I eat following surgery?
A: You will want to switch soft food’s for the first day or two (ex; Yogurt, mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, pudding, ice cream ect) . You will then progress to more solid foods as tolerated.

Q: How should I expect to feel the day following surgery?
A: You will feel a slight increase in pain and swelling. But don’t worry, this will start to subside by day 4.

Q: How will I know if I am experiencing a dry socket?
A: YOU’LL KNOW! This cannot occur until day 4 or 5 after extractions. Please understand that use of a straw, as well as smoking, can increase your risk for developing a dry socket.

Q: Is there any way that I can prevent a dry socket from occurring?
A: Avoid any changes of pressure within the mouth. Things that make this occur are smoking and sucking through a straw, so this should be completely avoided. Sometimes a wound dressing is used to decease your risk for developing a dry socket as well as Sockit! gel as it helps with overall healing.

Q: Is it okay if my sutures come out on their own?
A: Yes, it’s actually quite normal. Sutures can work their way out early. Please call the office regarding any questions with this.

Q: What if I cannot open my mouth fully after surgery ?
A: This can occur and may persist up to 5 days after surgery.

Q: Is it normal to feel sick after experiencing IV sedation?
A: Yes. You may experience nausea and may need to vomit.

Q: When should I use the syringe that was provided to me in my post op bag after surgery?
A: If your procedure requires a syringe as part of your post op care, do not use it until the 6th day following surgery. You should then use it after meals, for a week or so, until the openings close.

Q: How soon can I start smoking after surgery?
A; Smoking is never a good idea. Hold off as long as possible. Smoking can contribute to poor healing. Please see our “Smoking and Oral Surgery” section for more information.

Q: Can I consume alcohol in the days following my surgery?
A: No recommendation, however it may lead to impaired wound healing.

Q: Can I drink out of a straw after my surgery?
A. Hold off using straws for at least 5 days after surgery. The use of a straw can lead to a dry socket.