Recovery from Wisdom Teeth Removal: What You Need to Know
The process of removing one’s wisdom teeth is fairly routine and quick, but the recovery time varies from one individual to another. After having your wisdom teeth removed, it is not uncommon to encounter pain and sensitivity around the area. To avoid excessive wisdom tooth removal pain, you can take certain steps to help the healing and recovery process as well as minimize pain.
What is the Typical Recovery Time?
The first 24 hours are often the most painful for patients. After that, most patients report mild to moderate pain for the next few days. As long as you follow proper procedures, you should not encounter wisdom tooth removal pain for longer than a week.
How to Take Care of Your Surgical Site
When you arrive home, you will have gauze inside your mouth to help the blood clot and the wounds heal. Remove the pads as they become soaked in blood and replace them with clean ones. If you notice the areas are still bleeding after 24 hours, contact your surgeon or dental professional immediately.
Your mouth will be numb for the first few hours following the procedure. Therefore, be very careful when chewing or biting down on your gauze. You could accidentally bite your lip or inside of the cheek without realizing it.
You will be given strict care procedures to follow at home, which may include:
• Rinsing your mouth with a salt water rinse (1 teaspoon salt with 8 ounces warm water) and allowing the mixture to soak in your mouth before carefully spitting it out. Salt water helps decrease irritation and promotes faster healing.
• Using an ice pack on the sides of your cheeks to prevent swelling and ease pain.
• Keeping your head elevated at night to promote faster clotting.
• Taking prescribed painkillers and antibiotics.
• Not using a straw for the first three to four days following your procedure—doing so could dislodge any clots and cause your surgical sites to bleed again.
• Taking over-the-counter painkillers, but avoiding aspirin. Aspirin naturally thins the blood and could slow your healing.
• Brushing your teeth very carefully to avoid dislodging any blood clots at the surgical sites.
After a few days, you will return to your dentist for a follow-up appointment and any applied stitches will be removed. At this time, you should have minimal pain. If you are still experiencing pain, let your dentist know so that they can examine the area and make sure there are no signs of inflammation or infection.
While recovery from wisdom teeth removal is not painless, following the procedures recommended by your dental professional will make recovery faster and limit pain as much as possible.
If you are experiencing wisdom tooth removal pain or discomfort or you are in need of a wisdom tooth extraction, contact us today.
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