Surgical removal of wisdom teeth requires incisions in the gum, and your dentist will use stitches to seal the gum incisions for protection against infection as well as for promoting healing. Usually, the dissolvable stitches take 7-10 days to dissolve, however, it is best to consider seeing your dentist again to remove them, if they have not yet dissolved in 2 weeks.
Your dentist will also place gauze packs over the extraction wound and ask you to keep the biting pressure for up to an hour.
If your dentist prescribes antibiotics/anti-inflammatories, please make sure you finish your course. After removal of wisdom teeth, you should avoid the following for 24 hours:
- Rinsing your mouth with any liquid
- Drinking alcohol, hot beverages, and smoking
- Drinking with a straw (especially with top wisdom teeth extraction)
- Exploring the wound e.g. using your tongue/finger
- Tough physical activity
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