What is the Wisdom Teeth Extraction Recovery Process Like?

June 14, 2023

Wisdom teeth can cause quite a lot of problems. They rarely have enough room to grow and have to be removed because they can impact the position of the other teeth and cause numerous oral health issues. 

If your Alexandria dentist recommended a wisdom tooth extraction and you are nervous about the procedure, here's what to expect during the recovery process. 

What to Expect The Day of the Surgery

Dr. Heejo Han will use a local anesthetic so you won't feel much during the extraction. But, as the effects start to wear off, you might experience some swelling and mild discomfort. These together with minor bleeding are normal side effects and will gradually go away in a few days. 

How About Long-Term Recovery

Here is a day-by-day timeline of what you can expect after wisdom tooth extraction: 

  • Day 1: You will feel soreness and discomfort around the extraction site. 
  • Days 2-3: Swelling and discomfort peak around this time, then starts to subside. 
  • Days 4-7: Pain and swelling should start decreasing now. You are actually starting to feel like yourself again. 
  • Week 2: Any residual stiffness, bruising, or swelling should be significantly reduced. Most of the internal healing occurs during this period.
  • Weeks 3-4: The surgical wounds should be fully healed.

How to Speed Up Healing: Home Care Recovery Tips

Here are some tips for managing your recovery at home:

  • Don't hesitate to take pain medication if your discomfort is affecting your daily life. Dr. Heejo Han will likely prescribe something like ibuprofen to help manage your discomfort in the first few days following the procedure. However, do not take aspirin, as it can promote bleeding.
  • If your cheek is a bit swollen, you can manage it by applying an ice pack. You can switch to a warm compress after 48 hours to help relieve any lingering discomfort.
  • Bite on the gauze for as long as the dentist instructed you. This will help with the formation of the blood clot, which plays an essential role in your recovery. 
  • Stick to soft, nutritious foods like yogurt, pudding, and smoothies for the first few days. Gradually introduce more solid foods as your comfort level allows.
  • Avoid vigorous rinsing, brushing, or spitting for 24 hours. After that, you can start gently rinsing your mouth with warm salt water a few times a day to clean your mouth and promote healing.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to rest and recover. Avoid strenuous activities and exercise for a few days after surgery.

When To Call Dr. Heejo Han? 

As we said, some level of pain and discomfort is to be expected. But, if your pain is intensifying instead of decreasing as the days go by or if you have a foul taste in your mouth, you should get in touch with Dr. Heejo Han immediately and tell him about your symptoms. 

Need Dental Care in Alexandria, VA? 

Whether it's tooth extractions, dental crowns, veneers, or teeth whitening, Kenmore Family Dental Care offers a variety of dental services. 

Get in touch with us to book your appointment.