How Long is the Recovery Time After Wisdom Tooth Extraction?With the extraction of wisdom teeth comes the dreaded pain, swelling and nagging discomfort that follows. This is all part of the normal process of healing. But, it may seem like the recovery time will go on forever. You might feel frustrated when trying to bite or chew anything firm or crunchy.
What are wisdom teeth?Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to emerge in a mature mouth. They are also called the third molars. It is very common for these teeth to need to be removed for one reason or another. They are not essential for proper function. Sometimes they cause more harm than good. Generally, between age 16 and 20 is when wisdom teeth erupt and oftentimes there isn’t enough room left. Because of this lack of space, they tend to grow in crooked, they can cause overcrowding or they only emerge partially. Infections, pain, and misalignments may occur.
Getting wisdom teeth removedIt is recommended by The American Dental Association that everyone have a dental exam before they reach 20 years of age, to determine how well the third molars are advancing. Impaction can be seen even if the roots are not yet fully developed. If needed, wisdom tooth extraction can be performed in one outpatient visit. However, this is a major surgical procedure that requires either local or general anesthesia. After the effects wear off, it is part of the process for patients to experience pain and swelling after wisdom teeth are removed. The recovery period begins as soon as the surgery ends.
After wisdom teeth removalAfter wisdom teeth removal there will be some bleeding and discomfort. Do not dislodge the blood clot or irritate your traumatized gums while they are healing. Stay away from solid foods, hot beverages, coffee, soda and alcohol for several days after wisdom tooth extraction. Don’t even brush your teeth on the first day following surgery. Wisdom teeth recovery time can vary from three days to a whole week. It is determinant on how the teeth erupted and the severity of the impaction.
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