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Post-Op Instructions – Austin, TX

Make a Speedy & Safe Recovery

After your treatment, you’ll need to adhere to our recovery instructions in order to heal quickly and without any complications. Below, we’ve provided you with some helpful tips to ease any discomfort you may experience, as well as an idea of what you can expect over the weeks following your procedure. If you encounter any issues or if you have any questions, feel free to contact Dr. Jake directly.

What to Expect

Immediate Post-Surgery Instructions

The Days After Surgery

What Are Dry Sockets?

A dry socket is a term to describe an unpleasant, but not serious, post-operative condition or surgical side effect. It usually occurs 24-36 hours after surgery but can occur 48-72 hours later. An increasing amount of throbbing pain around the affected socket, which may radiate up to the ear or through the entire jaw, is an indication that you may have a dry socket. It is usually not accompanied by swelling or drainage from the extraction site. To alleviate the pain from a dry socket you may use the prescription pain medication. If it alleviates the pain then the dry socket is minor and will not require any additional treatment. If the pain medication does not affect the pain, you should contact Dr. Jake who may decide to treat the dry socket at the office with a medicated dressing, which will help relieve the pain. 

Preventing Dry Sockets

Here are eight helpful ways to prevent dry socket from developing after your wisdom tooth extraction:

When to Contact the Doctor