Recovery After the Procedure
As you heal from your surgery, you may have some minor bleeding in the first day or two. This is normal, but avoid excessive spitting so that you don’t dislodge the blood clot from the socket.
You may be able to manage the pain with over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen. Dr. Goodman may also prescribe you a prescription pain reliever, especially if he removes bone during the procedure.
Swelling in the cheeks is normal after wisdom tooth removal and usually improves in 2-3 days. An ice pack can help reduce swelling and relieve pain.
After your procedure, plan to rest for the remainder of the day and night. Drink plenty of water after the surgery, and avoid alcohol and carbonated and caffeinated beverages for the first 24 hours after the procedure.
Eat soft foods, such as yogurt and applesauce, for the first 24 hours. Slowly introduce semi-soft foods.
Don’t brush your teeth, floss, or rinse with mouthwash for 24 hours after the surgery. Don’t smoke for at least 72 hours after surgery, and don’t chew tobacco for at least a week. Tobacco products can delay healing and cause complications.
If you receive dissolvable stitches, they will disintegrate on their own within 3-5 days.
What If I Want to Keep My Wisdom Teeth?
If you choose to keep your wisdom teeth after consulting a dental professional, it’s important to clean and floss your teeth regularly, especially your molars. Also, make sure that you get your biannual checkups.
What Does Wisdom Tooth Removal Cost?
The fees to have your wisdom teeth removed will depend on how difficult it is to remove your teeth, how many teeth need to be removed, and other factors, including which type of anesthetic you need.
During your consultation, Dr. Goodman and his team will give you a better idea of what costs to expect. Our office will work with any insurance plans you have to help you obtain maximum coverage for your treatment. Some medical insurance plans cover oral surgery, and most dental insurance plans will cover at least some of the costs.
Contact our Los Angeles dentist’s office at 310-860-9311 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Goodman. We will answer all your questions and help you get prepared for your visit.