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Wisdom Teeth Removal Recovery

There are several things that may happen after wisdom teeth extraction, and the recovery time after the removal can take up to two weeks. During that time, you may experience pain, swollen mouth and cheeks, sore jaw, bad taste, etc. Some experience lock jaw, prolonged bleeding or numbness in tongue and lips, but the occurrences are low.

This post will guide you through the whole recovery after wisdom teeth removal; starting from the day you’ve had the procedure (which may include surgery for complex cases) to the next few days.

Day #1 Recovery after Wisdom Teeth Removal

This is the day you’ve had your wisdom teeth removed. During the first hour after the procedure we recommend you to bite down the gauze packs given by the dentist at the empty socket of your wisdom tooth by gently yet firmly. Depending on the amount of blood, the packs can be replaced every 30 minutes. You may find blood for up to two days after the surgery, so don’t go panic. Depending on the complexity of the procedure, swelling is pretty common occurrence.

What to avoid:

You have to avoid excessive rinsing, touching the surgical area, smoking, exercise and excessive brushing. Eating hard and grainy foods and sugary beverages are also not allowed, because they increase the risk of dry sockets.

What to do:

Practice oral hygiene, gently. Swish gently with salt water after about 24 hours of the surgery, especially after you eat something to avoid having food particles lodged in the socket. Take some good bed rest and allow your body to recover. Remember to place the packs in the right place to stop the excessive bleeding. You may want to place cold pack in the cheek near the place where your wisdom teeth were pulled out for the first 24 hours. Take the medicine given by the dentist to reduce the pain and discomfort. Eat puddings, milk shakes, yogurt or other soft foods.

Day #2 and #3 Recovery after Wisdom Teeth Extraction

During this time, the swelling is at its maximum. The swelling may affect your throat (sore throat) or other areas. This should be gone by itself after the next few days. Some patients may start to experience stiff jaw muscles, which is pretty normal and should be gone after a few days too.

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What to do:

Keep practicing good oral hygiene by brushing gently. Gentle rinse using warm salt water (1/4 tsp salt and 8 ounce of warm water) after you eat will help reducing the bacteria and clean your socket. Typically the swelling is at its maximum level in the second day after the surgery, so you may still want to eat liquid foods and other soft foods. Your dentist may also recommend applying hot compress to the swollen area to fasten the recovery process.

What to avoid:

You should really avoid smoking. Smoking will disturb the healing process and delay it significantly. Avoid grainy foods and hard to chew foods.

Day #4 to Day #14 after Wisdom Tooth Surgery

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In most cases, the patients can start to chew on solid food after day four to seven after the wisdom teeth removal. Keep doing good oral hygiene gently until you are completely free of the swelling and pain. The blood should be gone after day 5 to day 7, but if you still feel that there’s bleeding and pain, you may want to contact your dentist to make sure that there’s nothing wrong.

Bottom line is, you need to pay close attention to your own body. Trust your instinct and do your best to follow the dentist’s recommendation. I hope this post can guide you through the wisdom teeth removal recovery process.

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