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Your dentist, Dr. Doris Madrigal, routinely recommends having your wisdom teeth extracted at some point after all 32 of your permanent teeth have emerged from the gums. Wisdom tooth extraction is a form of oral surgery and quality preparation and aftercare are essential for having a speedy recovery.

While the gums are healing, you will need to eat a soft-foods diet. This includes foods like applesauce, mashed potatoes and yogurt. Proper hydration is also important. Make sure you drink plenty of lukewarm liquids without using a straw. The suction created by a straw can harm the incisions or loosen a blood clot.

It’s natural for the incision sites to leak a little blood for a few days after the wisdom teeth have been extracted. When this happens, you can lightly pack the area with sterile gauze. Once the bleeding stops, you should rinse your mouth gently with lukewarm saltwater to clean the area and soothe the gum tissues.

After the extraction, Dr. Doris Madrigal might prescribe painkillers or anti-inflammatory medication. It’s important to read the directions carefully and administer the medications as directed.

If you have concerns about how to have a speedy recovery after wisdom tooth extraction in Round Lake Beach, Illinois, you can always call DM Family Dentistry at 847-740-8827 to ask further questions.