Wisdom teeth removal is very common in dentistry, most people including adults and college students do undergo this procedure in their lifetime. The wisdom teeth are the three last set of molars that grow at the back of the gums. Most of them grow badly and might end up being removed from the mouth.
Complications after wisdom teeth removal is normal, but it will be less if the procedure was done by an experienced surgeon or dentist. After the extraction procedure, It can take up to 2 weeks for the site to heal, you should give your body time to recover fully. If you are able to look after the wound properly, there are chances that the complications will be minimal and that the site will heal quickly.
Well, complications do occur after the removal of the wisdom teeth, but they can be resolved without any long-lasting damage. Some patients might need special treatments after the extraction procedure in order to make the site to heal quickly. The dentist might need to stitch the wound and apply some medications in order to help close the wound.
Wisdom teeth removal recovery timeline
Recovery after extracting the wisdom teeth is a gradual process. It takes about a week or more for the wound to heal. Normally after the procedure, blood clots will form. Swelling inside and outside the mouth will be more likely to develop within the next 24 hours after the extraction. Although, the recovery time is different for each patient. Most people do get infected after the surgery and this can prolong the healing time.
However, there are some certain things that you can do in order to fasten the healing process. Before the end of these articles, you will get to know some of the complications that you should expect. I will reveal to you some of the complications that you will be most likely to experience, from the day 1 to day 7 after the surgery.
On the day of the extraction surgery, the surgeon will have to sedate the area around the affected tooth. A local anesthetic or general anesthetia will be required. If a local anesthetic is used, you will be fully awake during the procedure, but you will have minimal awareness and memory of the procedure. (1) General anesthesia is used to make the patient to undergo the procedure totally unconscious, with no memory or awareness of the procedure.
Depending on the type of anesthesia and sedative that the surgeon used on you, you may experience dizziness or memory loss throughout the day. So it’s always advisable that you shouldn’t drive yourself right after the procedure. if possible don’t go to work or school that day.
On the first day of the recovery, blood clots will form and cover the whole place where the tooth was removed. The formation of blood clots is an essential part of the healing process. The blood clots helps to prevent bleeding, it also provides protection to the wound against infections.
Normally, after the extraction procedure your surgeon will give you some painkillers to take. Ensure that you take those painkillers as instructed, you should also avoid taking very hot or cold foods. Drink enough water and eat only liquids or semi-solid foods. Remember not to engage into any strenuous work, just rest and let the wound heal.
On the first day of recovery, you might experience swelling in your mouth and cheeks. On the second day the swelling, pain and discomfort will improve. But it’s still advisable that you shouldn’t drive yourself or go to work. Most patients may still experience drowsiness or confusion from the anesthesia or sedatives used, in some cases, due to painkillers.
However, if the surgery wasn’t performed properly or if the wrong anesthetic or sedative was used. You can experience intense pain, high fever, excessive bleeding, pus around the surgery site and swelling on the second day of recovery. At this point you should understand that your body is healing, you shouldn’t take anything that can interfere with the healing. If the pain is too intense, then you might consider going back to the surgeon that performed the extraction.
But before then, don’t drink hot or very cold drinks nor eat foods that requires chewing. Avoid smoking, alcohol, strenuous work or the use of straws for drinking.
On the third day of wisdom teeth removal recovery, you will feel less pain. But remember, the surgery site is still healing so be gentle in order not to disturb the blood clots formed there. The blood clots will still be there, but at this point you can go to work or school. The dizziness must have gone away at the third day, but don’t do anything strenuous, you can still bruise the healing site.
Using straws, smoking, harsh rinsing or brushing your teeth next to the extraction site can damage the blood clots formed around the extraction site.
Day 4 – 7
Between the fourth to seventh day of recovery, you should feel normal again. Most of the pain and discomforts must have stopped. But if you still experience severe pain, may be the pain got worse and extended to your ear. Then it might be a sign that something is wrong somewhere. The wound might have been infected. If this is the case, you should contact your surgeon immediately, he can evaluate the extraction site to know what the problem is.
Anyways, between the fourth to seventh day of recovery, the site is supposed to have healed. Once the site has healed, your stitches will start to feel loose and may even come out on their own. Your dentist can now remove any of the stitches that are still remaining on the surgery site.
Day 8 and Above
After a week of the wisdom teeth removal, the swelling, pain and discomfort should have stopped. You can now resume fully on your normal work or any other activity. You can can now brush your teeth properly, and eat any food of your choice. But whatever you do, you should be cautious and mindful of the extraction site. The area where the wisdom tooth was removed from may be tender for a longer period of time. Some patients heal completely within two week, while others may take longer time to heal.
You should not ignore to visit your dentist office within the recovery period for regular oral examinations. Your dentist should know when your mouth has healed properly and when there is no complication to worry about.
Tips on what to do after wisdom teeth extraction surgery
Immediately after the surgery, the surgeon will give you clear information and instructions on the ways to encourage healing. He can give you pain relievers and certain medications to help ease the pain and discomfort. Dentists usually suggest that you should place an ice pack on your face over the area of the extraction site for at least 15 minutes. The coldness can help to reduce discomfort and swelling on the site.
You should try as much as possible to prevent infection by making use of suitable antiseptic mouth rinse. Sleeping can be very difficult, but raising the head when sleeping can help you to feel more comfortable. Remember to eat soft or liquid foods, avoid hard foods that need chewing. Hard foods can cause pain and damages to the healing wound. According to Medicalnewstoday, foods such as soup, jello, soft noodles, eggs, mashed banana, ground meat or soft bread are suitable soft foods to eat during recovery.
Finally, wisdom teeth removal recovery takes about two weeks with proper aftercare. There are minimal complications after wisdom teeth extraction surgery, if you are able to practice proper aftercare. If the pain gets too intense, or that you started to experience excessive bleeding, yellow or white pus around the surgery site or from the nose and high temperature, then it might be a sign that the wound has been infected. You should visit your dentist regularly for frequent professional oral evaluations throughout the recovery period.