Wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical procedure that requires some post-operative care to reduce the chance of infection or other complications. Immediately after surgery, sutures are placed. They can be non-resolvable silk or resolvable gut sutures. You will need to return approximately 12 days following surgery to have the silk sutures removed. A gauze pad will be placed over the extraction site and removed prior to leaving the office. Gauzes are provided if there is slight bleeding. Simply roll the gauze and place it over the extraction site, bite hard using pressure for 15-20 minutes. Refrain from drinking from a straw or rinsing the mouth to ensure that you do not dislodge the blood clot that has formed. Using a straw creates suction and may disrupt the sutures. Limit your activities that day. You can resume your regular activities the following day. Take any antibiotics and/or pain medication as prescribed to reduce the amount of discomfort you may feel after the local anesthetic wears off.