You can anticipate the pain and swelling caused by wisdom tooth extraction to last between 3 and 7 days, depending on the type of extraction needed and the body's natural healing process. The dentist will open the gums to access the teeth, but extraction isn't a painful process. However, you may feel pain and discomfort after the procedure. These symptoms should go away within 2 to 5 days, but it's essential to follow all post-extraction care instructions provided by your dentist.
You will likely feel pain for the first 48 hours, although your mouth may hurt up to a week after surgery. The local anesthetic injections given during the procedure ensure that you don't feel pain for the first 3 to 4 hours after surgery, but once the effect of the anesthesia wears off, you will need to take any pain medications that are given to you. You should take them regularly to ensure you get a good night's sleep; this will maximize your recovery. You will usually be prescribed acetaminophen and ibuprofen.
When these two medications are taken together, they increase each other's effect because they work in different ways. Be sure to follow any instructions given to you by your surgeon or pharmacist. Some patients may not be able to take these medications due to medical problems, but in these cases, alternatives will be provided.
Nerve injury is much less common and is usually caused by bruising on the nerves that are located very close to the roots of the lower wisdom teeth.If a person visits the dentist regularly in adolescence and early adulthood, the dentist can monitor the development of wisdom teeth and identify if there will be any problems.
In addition to pain, some people will feel tired after having their wisdom teeth removed and may choose to avoid exercising for a few days after surgery. You can expect some degree of discomfort, jaw stiffness, swelling, and minor bleeding after having your wisdom teeth removed. If one or two wisdom teeth have been removed on the same side of the mouth, it is possible to chew on the opposite side of the mouth after 24 hours. Many factors will determine the total healing time, such as age at the time of extraction, general health, the severity of the wisdom tooth collision, the surgical technique used, and the commitment to follow home care instructions after the procedure.
After extracting your wisdom teeth, it's essential to adhere to your surgeon's postoperative instructions, which are designed to minimize discomfort and reduce potential complications. People may need wisdom tooth extraction surgery if there isn't enough space for the teeth in their mouth. If there isn't enough room for wisdom teeth to grow, they may partially come out in their mouth or grow at an incorrect angle. Impacted wisdom teeth are also more likely to weaken other nearby teeth due to a lack of space in their mouth to align properly.
Once your wisdom teeth have been removed and the swelling and bruising have gone away, your mouth and face should return back to normal. As wisdom teeth emerge in adulthood, all other teeth in your mouth have already settled into place. When tooth extractions involve impacted teeth or wisdom teeth, there is a greater risk of pain and infection. The expert surgeons at Innovative Oral Surgery & Dental Implants will be happy to answer all your questions about recovery after wisdom teeth removal.
The time it takes for removing a wisdom tooth depends on its position and difficulty of surgery.