If there isn’t enough space for your wisdom teeth to emerge from beneath the gum line, they may create alignment and crowding issues with established teeth. A wisdom tooth extraction procedure can take up to 90 minutes, and afterward, our dentist will inform you of post-op care you should adhere to in the weeks following the wisdom tooth extraction.
How Long Does It Take?
Most patients find it takes about two weeks to fully recover. The cheeks and mouth will swell up in the immediate aftermath, but that should improve within the first two to three days. After seven days, our dentist can remove the stitches.
The soreness and stiffness around the jaw should dissipate after 10 days. Finally, after two weeks, any leftover bruising around the face should heal up. However, it is critical to remember that everyone is different. Your recovery period could be longer or shorter depending on a litany of factors.
What Should You Do During This Time?
Dr. Carlos Medina will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions. You may need to take one or two days off of work or school while you recover. You should also avoid getting behind the wheel after receiving anesthesia. For the first few hours, you will need to bite on gauze around the extraction site. You will also need to apply ice to the area during this time.
In the event you are in any kind of pain or discomfort, you should be able to take over-the-counter pain relievers, including ibuprofen. You can soothe the area by rinsing with warm water and salt. You can also use an antiseptic mouthwash.
How Should You Proceed?
If you or your children still have their wisdom teeth, then schedule an appointment at The Dentist to find out if it needs to be removed or if it poses no threat to established teeth. Set up your consultation today, and our dentist will be able to go over the procedure in more detail with you.