Wisdom tooth extraction is more intensive compared to other tooth extractions and consequently requires an after-care regime. The dentist will place surgical gauze on your extraction site to stop the bleeding. You must keep the gauze on for at least 30 minutes and apply pressure to the site, then you may discard it (provided the bleeding has stopped).
Avoid using a straw for drinking or rinsing out your mouth as this might loosen the sutures or dislodge the clot. Take adequate rest and avoid strenuous activity after the surgery. Your dentist will prescribe pain medication and may also recommend a cleanser to keep the extraction area free from infection. The pain medication must be taken as needed for pain after the effect of the anesthetic has worn off.