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Anonymous asked in HealthDental · 2 months ago

How long do you keep the gauze in your mouth after a wisdom tooth extraction?

This pamphlet they gave me says to keep it and change it on and off for up to 48 hours. But how long would be fine based on personal experience? And what foods would be fine to eat afterwords?

3 Answers

  • Shay
    Lv 7
    2 months ago
    Favorite Answer

    About two to four hours is usually long enough.  It just needs to stop the bleeding.  They tell you up to 48 hours so that people who do have bleeding for longer don't call the office in a panic when they are still needing to use gauze several hours later.  

    As for eating and drinking - the doctor should have gave you a list of things to avoid. Some things will cause the clot that is forming in the socket to come out and if that happens - you get "dry socket" which can be very painful.  

    To avoid dry socket, you should not do the following things for at least the first three to five days.

    Do not smoke (the action of sucking or "drawing" on the cigarette to inhale the smoke can cause the clot to fall out)

    Do not drink hot liquids - this would include being careful about how hot soup might be if you eat soup.

    Do not drink from a straw.  (similar to smoking - sucking on a straw increases the risk that the clot might fall out)

    If you have been told you can or should gargle - be careful doing that also - swish very gently and let the liquid fall out of your mouth.  Don't gargle with any force.  Avoid gargling unless you have been told that you should.

    As for what to eat.  On the first day or two, you want to eat soft foods.  You can eat anything that you can comfortably chew more toward the front of your mouth.  Things like Jell-O, pudding, ice cream, oatmeal, apple sauce, mashed potatoes, soup (that isn't too hot), and even scrambled eggs are examples of foods that are soft enough, easy to chew, and wouldn't hurt your mouth.

    After that, you can eat almost anything but you would still want to avoid things that are too crunchy and might create sharp edges while you are chewing on them.  Things like hard taco shells and potato chips are examples of what to continue avoiding for about two or even three weeks.  

  • ?
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    i would ask your dentist about it

  • 2 months ago

    Just change it when it gets too bloody, you'll feel it. Do it for some hours and it will be fine. I personally left it in for 4 hours after and stopped. On the first day, it'll be too painful to eat, so you'll need soup. You'll be needing soup the next day as well. But after that, the pain will subside and you'll eat things like pasta, or other soft foods. Good luck.

    Source(s): I had 4 wisdom teeth removed
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