Typically between the ages of 17-21, most young adults can expect for their wisdom teeth to begin to emerge in their mouths. Your third molars, more commonly known as your wisdom teeth, come in on the top and bottom of both sides of your jaw, and many people don’t have enough room in their jaws to accommodate these molars without causing the other teeth to shift. This leads to the need for surgical tooth extraction.
Like any surgery, having your wisdom teeth removed requires recovery time, and there will also typically be pain and discomfort associated with having your wisdom teeth removed. But it’s nothing you won’t be able to handle – especially with a little preparation! Read on for our helpful tips.
Typical Recovery Period after Tooth Extraction
Wisdom teeth removal is very common, and recovery typically takes about a week. Depending on your specific case, there are a few factors that can cause to you to experience an extended recovery time, including if your wisdom teeth are impacted, meaning that they have not emerged from below the gums yet and aren’t visible.
Most patients are able to fully recover from wisdom teeth surgery in three to four days. If your teeth were impacted or came in at an awkward angle, it could take a full week to recover.
The wound left behind after surgery won’t be considered completely healed for months, so you can still develop an infection weeks after surgery. Taking proper care of your mouth and the surgical sites by paying attention to any signs of trouble is the best way to ensure your mouth heals properly.
You can resume normal daily activities the day after surgery, but it’s important to avoid any activity that could dislodge stitches or the blood clot over your surgical site. Activities you should avoid include:
- Strenuous exercise
- Drinking from a straw
Tips To Promote Healing Post Wisdom Teeth Removal
Help your body heal and decrease your healing time after wisdom teeth removal surgery by:
Eating a Nutritional Diet
For the days immediately following your wisdom teeth surgery, you’re going to be more inclined to eat things that are soft and not extreme in temperature. But living off of mashed potatoes and ice cream isn’t going to help promote healing from within. Eating nutritious meals even though you may not feel like it is vital to the healing process. Fruit and vegetable juices are a nutritious alternative to empty calorie eating.
Oral Hygiene Care
Do not use an electric toothbrush while your mouth is healing, and avoid brushing over the surgical sites. Using antibacterial mouthwash twice a day for one to two weeks will likely be prescribed by your doctor. Avoid using over-the-counter mouth rinses like Listerine, Scope or other rinses that are not prescribed.
Salt Water Rinse
A warm salt water rinse will gently rinse your mouth four times per day starting 24 hours after surgery. A salt water rinse is a great way to promote healing in a natural way.
Do not smoke or chew tobacco as it may increase the risk of a dry socket which is very painful. Call your doctor right away if you are experiencing worsening pain a few days after the extraction so that a dry socket can be treated properly. Any increase in pain, swelling, or any concerns regarding the healing process should be directed to your oral surgeon or dentist immediately.
Complications to Watch For
Some swelling, pain, and bleeding are normal symptoms after having your wisdom teeth removed. Call your dentist immediately if you experience excessing bleeding or unbearable pain. All symptoms should be greatly improved by the third-day post surgery, and all pain and bleeding should be gone within a week of surgery.
Experiencing complications could be a sign of infection or nerve damage. Contact your dentist right away if you experience any of the following symptoms including:
- Trouble swallowing
- Difficulty breathing
- A fever
- Medication not effectively dulling the pain
- Swelling that gets worse over time
- Blood or pus coming out of your nose
- Bleeding that does not stop after applying pressure with a gauze pad
These complications are rare, but they are important to take note of just in case you experience anything out of the ordinary. Contact Premier Dental right away if you experience any of the listed complications so we can get you checked out as soon as possible.