The recovery time after wisdom teeth removal can vary from person to person, depending on several factors such as the complexity of the extraction, the number of wisdom teeth removed, and individual healing abilities. However, here is a general timeline for the recovery process:
How Long to Recover From Wisdom Teeth Removal
Immediate Recovery (First 24 Hours):
- Day of Surgery: After the procedure, you will spend some time in the recovery area until the anesthesia wears off. You may feel groggy or disoriented.
- Bleeding: It’s normal to experience some bleeding from the surgical sites. Your oral surgeon will provide you with gauze pads to control bleeding. Bite down gently on the gauze to apply pressure.
- Pain and Discomfort: You will likely experience pain and swelling during the first 24 hours. Your oral surgeon will prescribe pain medication or recommend over-the-counter pain relievers to manage discomfort.
- Rest: Rest and avoid strenuous activities for the rest of the day.
Days 2-3 (48-72 Hours):
- Swelling: Swelling is common and typically peaks around the second or third day. You can use cold packs on your cheeks to reduce swelling.
- Diet: Stick to soft foods like yogurt, applesauce, mashed potatoes, and smoothies. Avoid hot, spicy, and crunchy foods.
- Oral Hygiene: Gently rinse your mouth with warm saltwater to keep the surgical sites clean. Avoid using a straw, as the suction can dislodge blood clots.
- Pain: Pain and discomfort should gradually start to decrease, but you may still need pain medication.
Days 4-7 (1 Week Post-Op):
- Swelling: Swelling continues to subside.
- Diet: You can gradually reintroduce semi-solid and solid foods as your comfort level allows.
- Healing: The surgical sites will start to heal, and you should notice improvement in your overall condition.
Week 2 and Beyond:
- Healing: Most people have healed significantly by the end of the second week. However, complete healing of the surgical sites may take several weeks to months.
- Oral Hygiene: Continue to practice good oral hygiene, but be gentle around the surgical sites.
- Follow-up: Attend any scheduled follow-up appointments with your oral surgeon to monitor your healing progress.
Some Advance Tips for Recovery
It’s essential to follow your oral surgeon’s post-operative instructions carefully to promote a smooth and speedy recovery. If you experience severe or prolonged pain, excessive bleeding, signs of infection (such as fever or pus), or any other concerning symptoms, contact your oral surgeon promptly.
Remember that everyone’s recovery is different. Some individuals may have a quicker or slower healing process. Listen to your body, rest as needed, and gradually return to your regular activities under your surgeon’s guidance.