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How long does it take to fully recover from wisdom teeth extraction?

29 April 2022
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How Long Does It Take To Fully Recover From Wisdom Teeth Extraction

One of the questions you may understandably have regarding wisdom teeth extraction is, how long does it take for wisdom teeth to heal? And while this differs from patient to patient, it generally takes about two weeks to fully recover.

A wisdom teeth healing timeline may look something like this:

  • Within the first 24 hours, blood clots will form. It is important in the wisdom teeth removal recovery that you do not disturb them, as these blood clots will help aid the wisdom teeth removal recovery. Swelling will also peak during this time, but an ice pack/cold compress on the face will help ease it.
  • 2-3 days after your surgery, the swelling of the mouth and cheeks should improve, and many people will find they are able to return to work. This will depend on your job type, and whether it requires strenuous activity. Check with your surgeon for their recommendation.
  • After about 7 days, your dentist may remove the remaining stitches (if needed) and around the 7 day mark, any jaw stiffness and soreness you have been experiencing may fade.
  • 2 weeks post-surgery, any mild bruising on the face should heal, and you should be ready to get back to your everyday activities.

The wisdom teeth removal recovery timeline will vary for each person, since different factors play into the wisdom tooth healing stages, such as the patient’s age, medical conditions, and personal habits, such as smoking.  The status of the wisdom tooth before surgery will also impact the wisdom teeth recovery timeline.

How long does wisdom teeth pain last?

During the first 24 hours after surgery, you’re likely to experience some minor pain and bleeding. Your dental surgeon may give you a prescription for a pain reliever to help you through this process.

During wisdom tooth extraction recovery, you may experience some side effects. These are only temporary and can include swelling, minor pain, bleeding, tenderness, and soreness. Taking the recommended dose of painkillers can help ease this pain.

The wisdom tooth removal aftermath will be different for each individual, but it is important to remember that your dentist has your best intentions at heart, and will give you personalised information based on your personal situation and recovery. If you have any questions about wisdom teeth, or any other dental related problems, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Dentists of Ivanhoe or call us on (03) 9499 9033 and we will be happy to help in any way we can.