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If your wisdom teeth have recently been extracted, it’s time to recover! The recovery process is very important because it allows your smile to fully heal without the complications of infections, bacteria, and other harmful particles. So, to help you fully recover in the best way possible, we recommend doing the following things:

· Try to reduce the bleeding as much as possible by placing a gauze pad over the affected area and applying pressure to it 45 minutes at a time. This should help. Make sure you replace the gauze pad with a clean one every round of pressure.
· Ice outside the affected area for 10 minutes on and 20 minutes off. Repeat this process so the facial swelling remains controlled. This will also help with the pain and discomfort you might feel. You can ice the area with an ice pack, a bag of frozen peas or corn, or a cold compress.
· Take the prescribed medications your doctor gives you as recommended. These pills will help with the pain. If you do not receive prescribed medications, you can dull the pain with over-the-counter medications, like Advil, Motrin, or Tylenol.
· 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 regularly, but please avoid brushing the teeth that are neighboring the surgical area. However, after the first 24 hours, you can start brushing those teeth again—just be soft and gentle as you do so.

Now, we know that you might not be able to do these things on your own if you are still affected by the sedation. So, we recommend giving these tips to a loved one so they will know how to take care of you while you are resting. If you or a loved one have any questions or need any help, please feel free to call 415-800-7594 and talk to our friendly dental team at Cosmo Dental. We are here to help you in any way we can and we recommend scheduling an appointment with Dr. Olga Antipova if you have any concerns. We look forward to your call!