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Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

Jul 9

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.


Here are a few tips for taking care of your mouth after wisdom tooth extraction:


  1. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water. This will help to reduce swelling and pain.
  2. Avoid drinking from a straw for the first few days.
  3. Eat soft foods and avoid hard or chewy foods.
  4. Take over-the-counter pain medication as needed.
  5. Use an ice pack on your face to reduce swelling.
  6. Practice good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing your teeth.
  7. Follow up with your dentist as scheduled.


How Long Does It Take for Full Recovery from a Wisdom Teeth Removal?


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.


Wisdom Teeth Removal Aftercare Instructions


The dentists at Pearl Shine Dental recommend the following right after wisdom tooth extraction.


  • Minimize your daily activities.
  • Stop yourself from touching the surgery site
  • Apply a cold pack to the cheeks from where the tooth is removed
  • Get rid of the gauze half an hour after the extraction
  • If you're experiencing pain, take the prescribed medicine


Below are a few more wisdom teeth removal aftercare guidelines that can make your recovery more speedy and relaxed.


Control The Pain And Discomfort With Pain Relievers


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.


Practice Good Oral Hygiene


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.


Other wisdom teeth removal complications


  • Numbing of the tongue, lip, or chin is another post-surgery you may experience, but it doesn't last very long, so there's not much to worry about.
  • Slight fever after wisdom teeth removal is also common, and the aftercare instructions include taking ibuprofen or Tylenol. If the temperature elevates or persists for a few days, get help from our dentists.
  • You may go through a sore throat and pain when swallowing anything but the discomfort will go within a few days.
  • You may have stiff jaw muscles, making it difficult to open the mouth. This is not something rare and will go away soon.
  • Your lips may be dry and cracked.


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.