One of the first questions a patient will ask when scheduled for wisdom teeth removal is regarding wisdom teeth extraction healing times. The answer is healing time can vary.
Healing times are usually 5-7 days, but if your wisdom teeth were impacted, it could take up to 2 weeks for a full recovery. You can help the healing process by following your doctor’s orders.
Why Are Wisdom Teeth Often Removed?
Around 5 million Americans every year have a tooth removal procedure to rid them of their wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth concerns typically end with a tooth removal procedure.
The wisdom teeth are the third molars that come in in the late teens or early twenties for most people. There is often not enough space in the mouth for the wisdom teeth to fully erupt. They can become impacted, or wind up pushing other teeth out of their natural position.
Most dentists agree that wisdom teeth have to be removed if they are causing problems. Wisdom teeth extraction benefits usually far outweigh trying to keep the teeth in place.
What Can I Do To Improve Wisdom Teeth Extraction Healing Time?
There are things that you can do that may help to improve healing times, including:
- Resting for the first 24 hours after surgery
- Using a salt water rinse
- Watching what you eat for the first few days
You must take the time to rest during the first 24 hours following the surgery for your safety. You may notice some swelling around the jaw. You can use an ice pack to help reduce the swelling. You do want to open and close your mouth a few times an hour to ensure the jaw does not stiffen up.
After the First 24 Hours
Wisdom teeth extraction healing times after the first 24 hours can be helped along by using a saltwater rinse. You should swish the salt water around in your mouth but do not forcefully spit it out. Instead, open your mouth while over the sink and let the water drain out.
Do not use straws, vape, or smoke during your healing period, or you risk pulling the blood cut from the extraction point and causing a very painful “dry socket.”