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What should I expect after wisdom teeth removal?

If you are preparing to have your wisdom teeth removed, you might be wondering what the recovery period will look like. The recovery timeline can vary based on the number of wisdom teeth you have removed, your age, and your health. If at any time you have questions about your surgery or recovery, contact HM Oral Surgery for more information.

What happens immediately after wisdom teeth removal?

After wisdom teeth removal, you can expect mild pain and discomfort along with some bleeding and swelling. Your surgeon will give you more instructions on pain management to ease the side effects of surgery.

What does the recovery timeline look like?

First 48 Hours

Immediately after surgery, the patient should have someone drive them home while recovering from general anesthesia. Ice packs and gauze can assist with the bleeding and swelling. Rest is very important in the first 24 hours.

Individuals who have gone through surgery may opt to take pain relievers. The bleeding should have stopped by day 2, and the healing process will begin.

Next 3-4 Days

After a few days, you may return to normal activities as instructed by your surgeon. Some patients may have a follow up appointment to check the recovery progress after surgery.

Recovery Tips for Extractions

  • Do not use a straw or spit in the first 48-72 hours
  • Avoid brushing or flossing the treatment area for a few days after the procedure
  • Limit physical activity in the first few days
  • Do not smoke
  • Use cold compresses and medication as needed
  • Take all medications, including pain relievers, as prescribed

If you are interested in wisdom teeth removal, contact HM Oral Surgery for a consultation today. Our team can work with you to answer any questions regarding oral surgery and the recovery process. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.