How Many Days Does It Take To Recover From Wisdom Teeth?
After getting your wisdom teeth removed, you will start to feel normal after three or four days. It can take a lot longer, as long as a week and a half, to heal if your wisdom teeth were impacted. The pain itself will last for about three days or maybe a little longer, depending on your surgeon. After three days, your swelling will start to go down and any bruising you had will fade. Remember that oral surgery is fairly invasive and your body needs time to heal. You can expect to have pain, swelling, bleeding, and even some bruising. All of this is common but if something feels “off” to you, contact your oral surgeon as soon as possible.
The better you take care of your mouth after surgery, your cleanliness, and what you choose to eat can impact how many days it takes to recover as well. Residual stiffness of the mouth can last up to ten days.
If you get an infection called dry socket, which happens when the blood clot your body created gets dislodged from the holes in your mouth, you may be facing a long recovery period. After dry socket, you can expect another 10 days of pain.
If you get four wisdom teeth removed, your recovery period may be longer than someone who had fewer wisdom teeth removed.
How To Shorten Recovery Time
If you want to shorten your wisdom tooth removal recovery time, listen to the instructions your oral surgeon gives you. This doctor has helped many people recover and they have the best insight into what will work for you. Some of the most common tips you’ll get from an oral surgeon include:
Be careful not to cause dry socket by drinking from a straw, sucking too hard, brushing, spitting, flossing, or rinsing within the first day of recovery. Avoid eating solid foods that you need to chew on, soda, coffee, alcohol, or any hot beverages within the first few days of recovery.
Contact An Experienced Oral Surgeon Today
How long it takes to heal after a wisdom teeth removal depends on your oral hygiene, food choices, and your surgeon. This is why it is a good idea to work with an oral surgeon who understands best practices for wisdom tooth removal. For more information about wisdom tooth removal, contact Beaverton Oral Surgeons.