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At BlueSpa Dental, we understand that wisdom teeth removal can be a daunting prospect. However, with the right information and guidance, the recovery process can be smooth and comfortable. In this comprehensive guide, we will provide you with all the essential information you need to know about recovering after wisdom teeth removal in Melbourne. From the immediate post-operative period to long-term care, we’ve got you covered.

Immediate Postoperative Period

Managing Bleeding

After your wisdom teeth removal procedure, it is normal to experience some bleeding. To control bleeding, we recommend placing a clean gauze pad over the surgical area and biting down gently for 30-45 minutes. If bleeding persists, you can replace the gauze pad and continue applying gentle pressure. Avoid vigorous rinsing or touching the wound area, as this may dislodge the blood clot and prolong bleeding.

Controlling Swelling

Swelling is a common side effect following wisdom teeth removal. To minimise swelling, apply an ice pack or a bag of frozen peas or corn to the affected area. Apply it in intervals of 20 minutes on, followed by 10 minutes off, for the first 24 hours. After 24 hours, you can switch to moist heat, such as a warm towel, to reduce swelling.

Managing Pain

Pain and discomfort are expected after wisdom teeth removal. To alleviate pain, our dentists may prescribe pain medication or suggest over-the-counter options such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen. Take the medication as directed, and if the pain persists or worsens, contact our clinic for further guidance.

Diet Recommendations

In the immediate aftermath of wisdom teeth removal, it is important to stick to a soft food diet. Avoid hard, crunchy, or chewy foods that can cause pain or interfere with healing. Instead, opt for nutritious options such as yoghourt, smoothies, pudding, soups, scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, and cooked vegetables. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.

Post-Operative Care

Oral Hygiene

Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial for a smooth recovery. While you should avoid vigorous rinsing for the first day, you can begin gently rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater (1/2 teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) the day after surgery. Rinse at least 5-6 times a day, especially after eating, to keep the surgical area clean.

Suture Care

In some cases, sutures may be placed to aid in healing and minimise bleeding. If sutures are used, they are typically dissolvable and do not require removal. However, if you notice any loose or dislodged sutures, contact our clinic for further instructions.

Swelling Management

While swelling is expected after wisdom teeth removal, it should gradually subside over the course of a few days. To further reduce swelling, you can continue applying moist heat to the sides of your face 36 hours after surgery. This can be done by using a warm towel or a heat pack wrapped in a cloth.

Nausea and Vomiting

If you experience nausea or vomiting following surgery, wait at least an hour before taking any medication or consuming any food or drink. Start by sipping on clear liquids like coke, tea, or ginger ale to ease your stomach. Once the nausea subsides, you can gradually reintroduce solid foods and resume taking your prescribed medication.

Activity and Rest

Rest is essential for proper healing after wisdom teeth removal. Limit physical activities for the first few days to allow your body to recover. Avoid strenuous exercise, as it can increase bleeding and swelling. Take this time to rest and relax, giving your body the opportunity to heal effectively.

Long-Term Care

Resuming Normal Diet

As your recovery progresses, you can gradually reintroduce a normal diet. Start by adding more solid foods as your comfort level allows. Remember to chew away from the surgical sites to avoid any discomfort. Maintain a balanced diet with high-calorie, high-protein foods to aid in the healing process.

Oral Hygiene Routine

After the initial 24 hours, you can resume your regular oral hygiene routine. Brush your teeth gently, being mindful around the surgical sites. Continue rinsing with warm saltwater after meals to keep the area clean and promote healing.

Follow-Up Appointments

It is important to attend any scheduled follow-up appointments with your dentist. These appointments allow your dentist to monitor your progress, remove any remaining sutures if necessary, and ensure that your recovery is proceeding as expected. If you have any concerns or questions between appointments, do not hesitate to reach out to our clinic.

Signs of Complications

While complications after wisdom teeth removal are rare, it is important to be aware of the signs that may indicate a problem. If you experience excessive bleeding that does not subside with gentle pressure, worsening pain, severe swelling, or any other unusual symptoms, contact our clinic immediately for further guidance.


Recovering after wisdom teeth removal in Melbourne requires patience, proper care, and attention to detail. By following the post-operative instructions provided by our dental professionals at BlueSpa Dental, you can ensure a smooth and comfortable recovery process. Remember to take your prescribed medication, maintain good oral hygiene, and attend follow-up appointments as scheduled.

If you have any questions or concerns during your recovery, our team is here to provide the support and guidance you need. Take this opportunity to improve your oral health and embark on a journey towards a healthier and better smile.