Recovery Symptoms


Depending on the procedure, mild bleeding may occur for a few days following the surgery. To control the bleeding, apply pressure by biting on damp gauze placed directly on the wound.


Bruising is a normal part of the healing process. It is caused by blood cells leaking into the surrounding tissue, neck, or upper chest.


For 3-5 days following surgery, your diet should consist of soft, bland foods. Drink plenty of fluids. Do not use a straw for at least two weeks.For the first day or two, drink clear liquids such as apple juice, clear soup and soda. Progress to soft foods such as mashed potatoes, apple sauce and eggs. Do not eat food with small particles such as popcorn or potato chips.


On the day of surgery avoid rinsing your mouth or brushing your teeth. Do not spit for at least two weeks as this could dislodge the blood clot. During the week following your surgery, keep the surgical site clean by rinsing gently with warm salt water (1 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water) at least three times daily. You may begin brushing your teeth on the day after surgery, but do not brush at the surgical site.


Redness and swelling around the surgical site is normal and should begin to diminish after a week. However, if redness and swelling persist and are accompanied by a fever, or if you develope new pain or swelling, contact us immediately.


If you feel nauseous following surgery, try drinking small amounts of carbonated (seltzer) water or ginger ale over five hours. Should you continue to vomit or feel nauseous, please contact us.


Pain medication should be taken as directed. If you develope an allergic reaction such as hives or a rash, contact us. Patients taking narcotic medication should eat before each dose and should not drive. Do not drink alcohol while taking any pain medication.


Do not smoke for at least one week following surgery. Smoking significantly delays healing, increases pain and the risk of infections, and can dislodge the blood clot leaving exposed bone.


Stiffness is a normal part of the initial healing stages. Try exercising your mouth by opening it as widely as possible. Warm salt water rinses should also help. Stiffness should subside within a few days.


When you return home from surgery, apply an ice pack to your face over the surgical site. Apply for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off for the rest of the day. Ice will help control swelling, but using it longer will interfere with healing. The amount of swelling differs depending on the type and extent of surgery and will begin to subside after two or three days.


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I had my wisdom teeth removed by dr.briola he did an amazing job and his staff. They knew i was nervous and they made me feel comfortable explained c everything before doing anything and after care was exception also. I had very little pain and i recommend this office to everyone. Thank you Dr. B AND STAFF.

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Very happy with the service and professionalism of entire staff. I was able to get an appointment very quickly, procedure was explained clearly, expectations were met and overall experience satisfactory. Made new appointments for mi other children and already recommended your services to friends.

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So friendly, professional and most of all, very welcoming with the very first warm smile of the office team once I stepped in the clinic! I loved Dr. Julia Jackson’s sense of humor, relieving my nurviousness, not mentioning her and her team’s outstanding listening to patient’s needs, and thorough understanding and support.

Ahmed A.

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Julia Jackson and her staff showed me great kindness. Had an emergency procedure that was taken care of the same day. Dr. Jackson personally called to check on me that same night. It’s comforting to know that there are still professionals that care about their patients. I highly recommend her if you’re in need of her services.

Joann C.

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Everyone at this office was so nice and accommodating. I got sent here from the Manassas office. Dr. Jackson was very detailed in going over the procedure and what to expect. Overall a great experience (well as great as getting your wisdom teeth removed can be)

Sindy A.

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The service was very professional and the doctor was very attentive. The dental assistants made me feel very comfortable because I was very nervous. The wait time was short and the procedure was short as well. They talked me through all the steps before and after my wisdom teeth removal.

Sara F.

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Team Woodbridge, Northern Virginia Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates, Thank you so much for the great experience! Yes, great! From the first phone call until the end of my procedure (4 Wisdom Teeth extracted) – Nice, Professional, Friendly, Engaged, Sincere Care! THE BEST! God bless you all!

Myra M.

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Aside from not remembering much when I got my wisdom teeth pulled (which I completely appreciate), my experience was fantastic. Everything was very quick and thorough. The staff was very professional and provided great customer service. I felt like they were taking care of me.

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