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

During the recovery process, 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 common for the incisions 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.

If you have additional questions or concerns about how to have a speedy recovery after wisdom tooth extraction in Santa Clara, California, you can always call Smiles for Life Dental Group at 408-241-6501 to seek further advice from your dentist, Dr. Pooja Goel.