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How Long Does It Take To Recover From Wisdom Teeth Removal?

August 24, 2022
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Wisdom teeth can cause problems like infection and pain, which is why most dentists recommend removal before they become an issue. If you're considering wisdom teeth removal, you might be curious about the length of time it takes to recover from the procedure, especially if you’re in school, have work, children, or other commitments. This article will walk you through what to expect when recovering from your wisdom teeth removal so that you can get back to your normal routine as quickly as possible.

What Happens During Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Wisdom teeth removal is a surgical procedure that is typically performed by an oral surgeon. The surgery involves, in most cases, the patient being asleep with general anesthesia in the office. Numbing the area around the wisdom tooth, making an incision in the gum tissue, and then removing the tooth. In some cases, the wisdom tooth may need to be cut into smaller pieces before it can be removed. Once the tooth has been removed, the area will be stitched up and you will be given instructions on how to care for the wound as it heals.

How Long Does Recovery Take After Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Most people report that recovery from wisdom teeth removal is pretty uncomfortable for the first few days. You can expect some swelling and soreness around your jaw for about a week. The majority of people feel back to normal within two weeks, but it can take up to a month for some to fully recover. 

What To Expect After Wisdom Teeth Removal?

After your wisdom teeth are removed, you can expect some discomfort. This is normal and will usually go away within a few days. You may also have some bruising around your cheeks and jaw. Again, this is normal and should resolve itself within a week or so. To help with the swelling and pain, be sure to ice the area for 20 minutes at a time, several times a day. You should also take any pain medication prescribed by your dentist.

How Long Will I Be in Pain?

Most people report that pain and swelling from wisdom teeth removal is at its worst for the first 2-3 days after surgery. Ice packs and over-the-counter pain medication can help with this. After the first few days, the pain should start to improve. However, it is not unusual to have some discomfort for up to 2 weeks or longer.

The Best Foods to Eat After Extraction

It’s important to eat soft foods for the first few days after surgery. This will help your mouth heal and prevent any further pain or discomfort. To minimize swelling and promote healing, drink plenty of fluids throughout the day as well. It’s best to stay away from hard or crunchy foods that slow down your healing time or cause damage. Suitable food options for after wisdom tooth removal include:

  • Soup
  • Smoothies
  • Yogurt
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Ice cream

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If you have questions about wisdom tooth removal or if you would like to set up a consultation, contact us today at 301-294-8700.

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