How To Recover From Wisdom Tooth Removal
Getting your wisdom tooth removed can spare you dental problems like overcrowded teeth or chronic infections. The benefits can last a lifetime, but there is a temporary recovery period after the procedure that you should be aware of.
How long is the recovery time and what can you do to make sure it goes by smoothly? Here we’ll explain everything you need to know about recovering from a wisdom tooth extraction.
What are the side effects of a wisdom tooth extraction?
As with any tooth extraction, there are going to be some uncomfortable symptoms as you recover. Wisdom teeth are large molars that are often partially erupted or impacted, which means there may be extra incisions made to fully extract the tooth.
If you have these kinds of teeth removed, expect your side effects to be more pronounced and give yourself more time for recovery. Here are the most common side effects associated with wisdom tooth extraction:
- Difficulty chewing
- Bleeding (which should stop a few hours after the procedure
Wisdom Tooth RemovalWisdom teeth are known as your third molars. They often cause dental problems, therefore your dentist will usually recommend removing them.
Sometimes you don’t even have to wait for them to come out if they are projected to grow into your mouth sideways. X-rays and 3D scans can show their positions so your dentist can tell you the options you have about when and how to remove your teeth.
You’ll either go under general or
local anesthesia during the tooth extraction. As the medicine wears off, you’ll start to feel the side effects of pain, swelling, and general discomfort. You’ll then be given prescription painkillers and strict dietary instructions to ensure a speedy recovery that’s free from complications.