You have your wisdom teeth surgery scheduled, but what should you expect after the extraction? We break down wisdom teeth removal recovery time + tips to help you heal faster.
How long does recovery take?
Swelling and discomfort can last anywhere from 3 days to a week. A full recovery can take a few weeks (in order for the wounds to heal fully).
What to expect the day of your surgery
Pain and swelling are normal. You’ll likely wake up to a mouth full of gauze and probably experience some blood in your mouth. Don’t worry—this is normal too!
What to expect the next few days
The days following the surgery can include some pain, swelling and bleeding, but contact your dentist if it’s excessive. You’ll feel back to normal as soon as 3 days after extraction.
Tips for a speedy recovery:
- Rinse your mouth with salt water to prevent an infection. Let water fall out of your mouth over the sink instead of spitting it out.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Eat soft foods, as you won’t be able to open your mouth all the way and will want to avoid injury to the area.
- Apply ice to reduce swelling, but make sure the ice is not directly touching your face.
- Apply moist heat for a sore jaw. This should be done at least 24 hours after the surgery.
- Don’t drink through a straw. This could dislodge the blood clot at the extraction site and cause a dry socket.
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