What is the Recovery Time after Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Have you been told you need to remove your wisdom teeth? You are not alone. Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, usually emerge between the ages of 16 and 20. These molars are located in the back of your mouth, and unfortunately, often need removal for a variety of reasons.
Why Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Wisdom teeth are not essential for proper function and a healthy, beautiful smile. They sometimes cause more harm than good. By the time they erupt, there isn’t much room. The lack of space may result in wisdom teeth coming in crooked, causing overcrowding, or emerging partially. These third molars frequently cause infection, pain, and orthodontic problems. When they become problematic, the best course of action is to remove them to preserve your oral health.
What Should You Expect?
When indicated, Dr. Kline or an oral surgeon can remove your wisdom teeth in a single, outpatient procedure. Extraction is usually carried out under local or general anesthesia for your comfort. You may experience some pain, or discomfort, especially after the anesthesia wears off. After completion of the surgery, the recovery period begins.
Care After Wisdom Teeth Extraction
After removing your wisdom teeth, you will need to stay away from solid foods, hot beverages, soda, and alcohol for several days. Avoid brushing your teeth on the first day following the surgery.
It is imperative to refrain from smoking or drinking through a straw for 72 hours after extraction to avoid dislodging the clot forming in the socket, which can lead to a painful condition called dry socket. If you experience any pus discharge, severe pain or fever, make sure to contact the office. With proper care and following the postoperative instructions provided, you will help promote healing and avoid any complications.
Recovery Time After Wisdom Teeth Removal
The usual recovery time is three to four days. However, depending on how your wisdom teeth were erupting and the severity of the impaction, recovery time may take up to a week or more.
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