When you’re through with removal, it’s time to start healing. If you’ve had a smooth procedure and used a local anesthetic, you may feel alert enough to drive yourself home (or even back to work!). In most cases, however, you’ll want to rest for at least the remainder of the day.
You can expect some bleeding, as well as some swelling, bruising, and pain. Talk with your dentist and oral surgeon about recommendations for pain management, whether that’s over-the-counter products like acetaminophen, or a pain reliever that requires a prescription.
After care is critical. Drink plenty of water, and avoid alcoholic, caffeinated, hot, or carbonated beverages for at least 24 hours. Don’t use a straw either, as the suction can dislodge the blood clot from your socket.
Similarly, it’s a good idea to avoid strenuous activity for a few days to keep clots intact.
Eat soft foods for the first 24 hours, and continue to do so if your jaw and teeth are particularly sore. Avoid smoking or other tobacco products for at least 72 hours, as this can delay healing and increase the risk of complications.