How Long is Recovery from Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Wisdom teeth stories are a common internet talking point; however, recovery from wisdom teeth removal is an important task. If you need your wisdom teeth removed, you may be wondering about the timeline for your healing process. 

What are Wisdom Teeth?

The third molars, also known as wisdom teeth, are the last adult teeth to emerge. They usually begin emerging in people’s mid-teens to early twenties. Sometimes, the teeth appear with no problems; however, wisdom teeth often never surface or are impacted, meaning they become stuck under the gum. Most people choose to remove wisdom teeth to prevent further complications.

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Why Get Wisdom Teeth Removal Surgery?

Many people’s wisdom teeth grow at an angle, whether toward the teeth in front of them, sideways, backward, or remain stuck in the jawbone. Unremoved wisdom teeth can cause moderate to severe pain, gum disease, or can damage other teeth or the jawbone. As a result, most people opt to remove wisdom teeth. 

How Long is Recovery from Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Wisdom teeth removal surgery is generally done under local anesthesia or a sedative. When you wake, you should be somewhat aware of your surroundings but will need a ride home. The timeline of wisdom teeth removal recovery typically happens as follows:

First 24 Hours

You rest with your head elevated, only eating soft foods such as applesauce, smoothies, or other liquid food. The blood begins to clot with the assistance of stitches and gauze.

2-3 Days

The swelling of your mouth and cheeks improves. Most people return to work or their regular schedule during this time. If you have a job that requires strenuous physical labor, you may need to wait longer. You may need to rinse gums with warm water and salt to reduce swelling during this period. 

7 Days

The stitches should dissolve, or the surgeon will remove the remaining stitches. You should be able to return to your usual eating habits with some care for protecting the healing gums.

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7-10 Days

Jaw stiffness and soreness should go away completely. 

2 Weeks

Any minor bruising on the face should heal, and you should be able to return to your workout routine at the dentist or surgeon’s discretion.

The wound from wisdom teeth removal won’t completely heal for several months. During this time, keep paying attention to any signs of infection or other forms of trouble. 

What Can I Eat After Wisdom Teeth Removal?

In the first 48 hours, soft foods such as soups, yogurt, pudding, applesauce, or anything similar are recommended. After 48 hours, you’ll be able to add soft, solid foods such as kinds of pasta, eggs, or oatmeal. 

Other food may be added as you feel comfortable doing so, but avoid popcorn, spicy foods, or crunchy foods. The most vital part of your recovery is keeping the wound clean and healthy as it heals. 

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If you have further questions about wisdom teeth removal, we encourage you to schedule a consultation at Faces Fort Worth. Call us at (817) 927-1818 or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to taking care of you.

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