No matter what the reason may be for removing your wisdom teeth, you have to go through the same wisdom teeth removal recovery process. The time your body takes to recover after the extraction of your wisdom teeth differs from person to person.
There will be some pain and swelling after the extraction; depending on how complex the extraction was. Your dentist will thus prescribe suggestions to reduce the pain and to help with recovery.
Your dentist will prescribe some painkillers like analgesics for pain relief. Make sure you follow the recommended dosage, and not more or less than prescribed. The most common analgesic your dentist may prescribe is non-steroidal anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen; however if required, you may be given something stronger by your dentist.
It is always better to take the first dosage before the anesthesia wears off. This way, the painkiller effectively provides relief from the pain once the effects of the anesthesia wear off. However, do not take aspirin for pain relief as it only makes you bleed more.
Protect the tooth extraction site
Wisdom teeth removal recovery includes protection of the tooth extraction site. There may be some bleeding from the extraction site for a day after the tooth is extracted. To prevent the formation of a hemorrhage, it’s better to put some of your dentist’s packing material on the extraction site and leave it on for about twenty minutes.
Other suggestions your dentist will advise is to avoid drinking heated beverages, take only small sips of liquids and eating only soft foods, in small mouthfuls for a day after the tooth extraction.
Avoid smoking or drinking alcohol, doing a strenuous workout, spitting or rinsing out your mouth. If there is any swelling, place some icepacks on your face for periods of fifteen minutes, with fifteen minute breaks in between till the swelling subsides.
Wash with a mouthwash or salt-water wash
Wash out your mouth the day after the surgery to keep the extraction site fresh. Instead of washing with plain water, use a salt-water wash or an over-the-counter mouthwash a few times a day. It’s better to eat only soft foods, for as long as required.
In case your doctor had used stitches after the tooth removal, it should be the type that dissolves in a week or two. If it’s not dissolving stitches, your doctor will advise a repeat visit a few days later to have the stitches removed.
As long as the pain reduces every day it’s usual to feel some pain and discomfort for a few days to a week or so after the tooth extraction. However if there is an increase in pain after 48 hours, it may mean you have a dry socket which is a painful condition where your socket doesn’t recover properly after the tooth is removed.
Recovery period It takes several weeks for complete wisdom teeth removal recovery and 3-6 months for the encompassing bone to settle into position. Sometimes, bits of your bone may protrude out of the extraction site, which is nothing to be alarmed about as it is part of the healing process.
With patience, you undergo complete wisdom teeth removal recovery wherein you finally get relief from the initial causes that made it necessary to have your wisdom teeth removed.