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How Long Does it Take to Recover after Wisdom Teeth Surgery?

Posted on 5/20/2016 by Tessa Smith-Greisch
A woman in pain after her wisdom teeth extraction.A large majority of people in the U.S. have their wisdom teeth removed, and this involves a pretty intricate surgical procedure. If you have a surgery coming up in the near future, you may be wondering how long it will take you to heal.

In most cases, the recovery period will take several days, but there may be some discomfort or swelling for a week or more. By knowing what to expect with your recovery, you can take steps to make it go more smoothly.

Taking Care of Your Mouth after Surgery

In order to help your oral surgery recovery to progress as smoothly as possible, there are a few steps you can take. Keep in mind that it is common to experience some bleeding, pain, and swelling after the procedure, and follow these guidelines to help your mouth heal:

•  Brushing. Avoid brushing your teeth the first 24 hours following your surgery. When you do start brushing, do so lightly with a soft-bristled toothbrush, and try to avoid the surgical site. Until you can begin brushing normally, rinse your mouth out with a warm saltwater solution several times a day in order to clean out the wound.
•  Eating and drinking. Stick to a soft diet for the first day or two after surgery. Don't consume soda, hot beverages, or alcohol for several days, and avoid drinking out of a straw, as this can dislodge the blood clots at your surgical site.
•  Pain. Take any pain relievers prescribed by your oral surgeon as directed, or use over-the-counter pain medications.
•  Swelling. If you notice your face is swelling as a result of your surgical procedure, place an ice pack on your jaw. The cold will help to ease discomfort and to reduce your inflammation.

If you have additional questions about how to better recover from your wisdom teeth surgery, contact our office today.
The doctors of Madison Oral Surgery & Dental Implants would like to inform you of the enhanced safety protocol developed for our office in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Working with recommendations from the CDC, OSHA, American Dental Association, and local government, we have enhanced our already stringent protocols for hygiene and safety.

•  All patients and staff wear masks
•  All patients and guests are screened with a COVID-19 questionnaire and temperature check prior to admission to our clinic lobby. Hand hygiene is performed before entry.
•  All personnel have daily temperature checks
•  To allow for social distancing, we have reduced the number of patients and guests in the office at one time and spaced the seating in our lobby appropriately
•  Allow more time for disinfecting between patient encounters
•  Increased disinfection of frequently touched surfaces including counter tops, handles, lobby seating, and bathroom surfaces
•  New, single use pens to avoid germ sharing between patients and personnel
•  Procedural personnel wear N95/KN95 masks and face shields

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