How Long is Recovery from Wisdom Teeth Extraction?
While the procedure itself isn’t painful due to anesthetic, you may experience some discomfort during recovery. Dr. Samadian will ensure you’re given pain management and thorough instructions for the care of your surgical site. You can initially expect aching, bleeding, and swelling, but these are temporary. Ice packs significantly reduce pain and swelling as the numbness wears off. Initial blood in your mouth is normal, but keep watch to ensure it doesn’t become excessive. If you experience significant bleeding or pain, call Dr. Samadian immediately.
It is recommended you eat very soft foods for a few days while avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and smoking. Straws can lead to complications, so they’re best avoided until you’re fully recovered. The surgical site takes a few months to fully heal, during which time infection is possible, so pay close attention to any signs. If a swollen throat impedes swallowing or breathing, you develop a fever, feel numbness after the anesthesia should have worn off, have blood or infectious discharge from your nose, or continuous bleeding, you should seek immediate attention from Dr. Samadian.
Your aftercare instructions will include, but not be limited to:
- Rinsing with salt water to keep the wound clean. Spitting is not recommended as it can dislodge the clots. Simply let the water run out of your mouth.
- Gently dab the wound with gauze to absorb bleeding and assess its volume.
- Take care not to jostle your stitches or dislodge your clots for a week. This can increase risk of infection and lead to a dry socket, which can leave your bone and nerves exposed and be very painful.
- If you’re prescribed antibiotics during recovery, be sure to take the full course according to Dr. Samadian’s instructions.
Normal life may return slowly over the week following your procedure, so take care not to overtax yourself.