Wisdom tooth extraction is a major oral surgery that needs proper healing time and attention. Following the wisdom teeth, removal aftercare tips listed below and any other instructions from your dentist will minimize the recovery time after surgery. They can also soothe the pain and swelling due to wisdom teeth removal and prevent infections. Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth to come in.
They usually erupt during the late teens or early twenties. While some people never have any problems with their wisdom teeth, others may experience pain, crowding, or other dental problems. In these cases, it may be recommended wisdom tooth extraction. After your wisdom teeth have been removed, taking care of your mouth and teeth is essential to promote healing and avoid infection.
Most of the time, it takes around 3-4 days to fully recover from wisdom tooth extraction, but the time varies from person to person. If you had impacted wisdom teeth, you could expect a whole week for successful healing. However, you can experience slight pain, bruising, and swelling following wisdom teeth removal that can last a day or two. For an accelerated recovery, follow the post-operative care tips from dental experts.
The dentists at Pearl Shine Dental recommend the following right after wisdom tooth extraction.
Below are a few more wisdom teeth removal aftercare guidelines that can make your recovery more speedy and relaxed.
If you're experiencing slight pain after the surgery, you can take pain relievers such as Motrin or Tylenol every 3-4 hours. If the pain is unbearable, medication prescribed by your dentist will ease your condition. But if you see any rashes or other weird symptoms, stop taking the medicines. The ache and discomfort will alleviate with the passing days.
Gently brush your teeth after the tooth removal but avoid moving your brush around the empty tooth socket. On the next day, rinse your mouth at least 5-6 times and, most importantly, after meals. Swishing your mouth with warm salt water will also help keep it clean and free from germs.
Contact our River District Smiles Dentistry if you have any questions about the aftercare of wisdom teeth removal or the healing process. We'll be happy to answer your queries and guide you toward a successful recovery.