Wisdom teeth usually try to erupt into the mouth between 17 to 21 years of age. We may recommend that they be extracted then or even prior to age 17 if they:
Unfortunately, many people delay removing their wisdom teeth. However, remember that your wisdom teeth roots grow longer and harden in the jaw as you get older. This makes the extraction even more difficult, and it may take longer to heal. Therefore, it is generally recommended to undergo wisdom teeth extraction before you turn 25 years old.
It usually takes one week to remove stitches; sometimes, surgery-induced swelling, bruising, and pain will also take a week or two to heal.
The healing process includes the following stages:
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It can take one to two weeks to recover from wisdom teeth extraction, depending on your condition and overall health. To speed up your healing, follow these wisdom teeth removal recovery tips:
Blood vessel tone and blood volume near the wound increase when you are lying flat, making it throb. Therefore, keep your head elevated when you sleep to reduce swelling and recover faster.
Consistently applying an ice pack to your cheeks (20 minutes on and 20 minutes off) for the first 36 hours after surgery can help reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation.
A dry socket occurs when the blood clot that forms on the extraction site is dislodged. Though it is most common during 2 to 3 days after extraction, a dry socket can be painful and delay healing.
The following are a few tips that will help prevent a dry socket:
During wisdom teeth extraction, your mouth is held wide open for a long time, resulting in a condition called temporary trismus or lockjaw that involves cramped or sore muscles and myofascial pain. The masseter, one of the muscles that help you chew, is prone to soreness after the surgery. Massaging this muscle will release the tension in your jaw, helping you to recover faster.
Preventing inflammation is the key to control pain in the extraction site. Inflammation might increase after 48 hours, so make sure to take any prescribed anti-inflammatory medications to reduce it.
You may consider drinking coconut water; it can nourish and hydrate your body and soothe your gum inflammation. It also helps stabilize your blood sugar level and replenish electrolytes when you are unable to eat solid foods, contributing to faster recovery.
After the first 48 hours, rinse your mouth gently with warm salt water a few times daily to keep your wound clean.
At your one-week post-op check, we may dispense an irrigating syringe to use in the extraction sites to keep them clean of food debris until fully healed.
Visit our team if you experience intense pain around your wisdom teeth or need removal.
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