One of the most common oral surgeries is wisdom teeth removal. Though there are a number of reasons that can affect wisdom teeth treatment recovery time, wisdom teeth recovery may take up to about a couple of weeks to fully recover. The body immune system and how well the patient looking after the wound can help the wound to heal faster.
Typically, wisdom teeth are the large molar teeth at the back of the mouth. Most people will have their wisdom teeth evolve between the ages of 17 to 25 while some people may not have any wisdom teeth at all.
Sometimes, some patient may not have enough space their jaw for the growth and alignment of the wisdom teeth. As a result, the wisdom teeth may erupt from the gum only partially or may erupt at an awkward angle. Such a case is referred to as impacted wisdom teeth and whenever this occurs, it usually causes dental problems like pain or bacterial infection.
How Long Does It Take To Recover From A Wisdom Teeth Removal?
After the wisdom teeth removal, some patients may require stitches on the gum to help close up the wound. In such a case, the oral surgeon would leave the stitches for about a week before removing them. This, therefore, lengthens the wisdom teeth recovery period.
Sometimes, the wisdom teeth surgery can cause pain, swelling, and bruising, which will also require additional time to heal. Though wisdom teeth recovery is not rapid but gradual, patients should be able to notice or see some improvements every day.
The wisdom teeth recovery time can be broken down into these stages:
- Formation of blood clots – 24 hours after wisdom teeth removal.
- Swelling of the cheeks and mouth subsides – after 2 to 3 days.
- Your dentist removes any remaining stitches – 7 days.
- Soreness and jaw stiffness recedes – 7 to 10 days:
- Healing of any mild bruising on the face – 2 weeks.
Therefore, wisdom teeth recovery should take just about 2 weeks. However, recovery time differs for every patient. For example, if a patient has a weak immune system and the wound becomes infected, or id the blood clots become dislodged from the wound, the recovery time may be longer.
How to Speed Up Healing Time for Wisdom Teeth Treatment
Naturally, blood clots should form on the spots where the wisdom teeth were extracted. The blood clots are very critical to the healing process because:
- They help arrest excessive bleeding
- They protect the surface of the wound, thereby preventing a bacterial infection from getting in.
- They enable new gingival tissue to grow
- They protect any exposed jawbone
With this, it is very important not to dislodge the blood clots within the first 24 hours after the wisdom teeth removal. To prevent the dislodgement of the blood clots, patients should not:
- Brush the teeth adjacent to the extraction spots. The toothbrush may accidentally dislodge the blood clots.
- Rinse the mouth
- Take hot drinks
- Eat foods that require chewing
- Drink alcohol, smoke, or suck on straws for at least 24 hours after the wisdom teeth treatment.
However, after 24 hours, the patient can gently rinse the mouth with an antiseptic mouth rinse to prevent infection. More so, warm salt water can be used to rinse the mouth to reduce swelling and to soothe sore gums. To feel more comfortable when sleeping, the patient may have to raise his or her head.
What to Do Immediately After the Wisdom Teeth Extraction Surgery?
After the surgery, the oral surgeon would give some advice on how to aid recovery. Such advice must be heeded to by the patient.
Clear information on medication to take and proper dental hygiene practices to follow to encourage healing would be given by the dentist. These must also be carefully followed by the patients.
The patient may be advised to bite on a gauze pad in the extraction spot for about 30 minutes.
The oral surgeon may also suggest that the patient hold an ice pack outside of the mouth over the extraction spot for about 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off for the first few hours after surgery. This will help in reducing any swelling and discomfort.
The wisdom teeth surgery follows a painful procedure. Therefore, pain relief medication, such as ibuprofen, should be taken by the patient after the surgery to relieve discomfort.
The patient should not be allowed to drive within 48 hours after the surgery. This is because he or she may still be under the influence of the general anesthetic. If possible, the patient should take 1 or 2 days off duty or school after the dental surgery.
What Foods Can I Eat After Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
Eating can be really difficult after undergoing wisdom teeth treatment. However, there are some foods that the patient can eat to aid the recovery process. These include:
Eating liquid and soft foods, such as soup, jello, soft noodles, eggs, mashed banana, etc. can help to prevent damage or injury to the extraction area.
For the first few days after the wisdom teeth surgery, try as much as possible to avoid foods that require chewing – chewing gum, sticky candy, etc. – these may get stuck to the affected area and can cause damage or pain to the healing wounds. Also avoid crunchy and hard food like seeds, nuts, pretzels, chips, and also hot or spicy foods. Try as much as possible to keep chewing to the opposite side of the mouth.
If you observe good and proper oral aftercare processes, the wisdom teeth recovery period should take only about 2 weeks. If you develop any bacterial infection, take antibiotics as quickly as possible.
In case blood clots do not form on the extraction spot or if the blood clots get dislodged, you may experience a dental condition known as “dry socket”. Dry socket causes severe, throbbing pain. In such a case, your dentist may need to cover the extraction area with a dressing.
If you develop any complication after the wisdom tooth surgery, such as severe pain; fever; excessive bleeding; or any other unexpected symptoms, quickly visit your dentist.
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