How Long Does It Pain After Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

How Long Does It Pain After Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

July 1, 2022

Wisdom teeth erupt between 17 and 25 and can cause various issues. The most common problem is crowding and resulting damage to adjacent teeth. In cases where wisdom teeth become impacted or do not fully emerge through the gums, there may be pain when chewing food or sensitive gums around the jaw. A dentist may recommend wisdom teeth extraction in Edmonton, AB, to ease pain and prevent jaw complications if you have impacted teeth.

How Long Does Wisdom Teeth Extraction Procedure Last?

The tooth extraction duration depends on if they are impacted. If you have not yet had any problems with your wisdom teeth, expect to spend between 45 minutes and 3 hours in the dentist’s chair. Anesthesia injections are used before any removal can begin.

What Can You Expect After Tooth Extraction?

Pain is to be expected if you’re recovering from wisdom teeth surgery. The pain may last anywhere from one week to two weeks, depending on how quickly your body heals and adapts to its changes.

You may also notice swelling around your mouth and face and some bleeding from the extraction site. If you feel severe pain or bleeding seems excessive, contact our office right away.

Long-term pain isn’t normal after wisdom tooth removal surgery as it could be a sign of infection and could lead to complications later on down the line. Visit a dentist near you for assistance if the pain persists.

What is the Recovery of Wisdom Teeth Extraction?

The recovery period after wisdom teeth extraction can vary depending on the person, the procedure, and even the tooth.

  • Day 1 of Recovery – Pain, and Discomfort

After your wisdom teeth extraction in Edmonton, you may feel pain and discomfort. Your doctor will provide you with pain medication to help you manage this discomfort. The doctor may also prescribe antibiotics that fight infection as part of their postoperative treatment plan to prevent complications during recovery.

  • Day 2-3 of Recovery – Swelling, and stiffness

On the second day after your procedure, you may notice swelling and stiffness.

You can use mouthwash and warm salt water to help alleviate some of the swellings. Stiffness is normal during this recovery period – especially in the jaw area where all four wisdom teeth were removed simultaneously – so don’t be alarmed if you feel stiff when speaking or chewing food until around day four after your surgery.

  • Day 4 and Beyond of Recovery – Residual swelling and lingering pain

The swelling in your mouth and face should subside within a few days. The pain will also get better as time passes, but you may still have mild to moderate pain for one week after the procedure. You also experience sensitivity and soreness around the extraction site (or any other area that has had an operation).

Taking Care of Yourself After Surgery

1) Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids.

2) Take pain medication as directed by your doctor or dentist.

3) Eat soft foods that are easy to chew.

4) Avoid spitting or rinsing the extraction site with water for 24 hours after surgery, which can lead to infection and swelling around the wound site.

How to Speed Up Healing?

  • Ice packs reduce swelling. You should be able to apply them as soon as you feel comfortable doing so, but no sooner than forty-eight hours after the extraction. Do not apply ice directly to your face; wrap it in a towel first or put it in a plastic bag before touching your skin.
  • Keep your mouth as clean as possible by brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste –
  • Avoid certain foods like nuts or hard foods until the gums have recovered.

Foods to Eat and Foods to Avoid

After tooth extraction, you should avoid eating hard, cold, or chewy foods. You should also avoid acidic foods such as citrus fruits and tomatoes. These types of food can irritate the gums and cause swelling.

Instead, you should eat soft, less chewy foods like applesauce, mashed potatoes or ice cream, fruit juices, soup broth, and puree of boiled vegetables with butter without salt and pepper.

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Call or visit Ellerslie Dental Clinic for more information about wisdom teeth extraction recovery and what you can expect.

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