What is the Average Wisdom Teeth Removal Recovery Time?
There comes a time in most people's life where your wisdom teeth become a nuisance and need to be extracted. Wisdom teeth removal is recommended for 80% of patients. While the procedure does lead to some amount of pain in the aftermath, the good news is that the recovery time for oral surgery at Boise Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center is not very long.
Getting Wisdom Teeth Removed Isn't Painful For Very Long
After waking up from the surgery, you'll regain feeling in your mouth slowly as the anesthesia wears off. Make sure you have someone to drive you home because it is highly dangerous to operate a vehicle in this groggy state. The first day of recovery will involve some pain, swelling, and some blood. The oral surgeon will give you instructions on how to use prescribed medications, but you can use an ice pack as often as you want. Placing a gauze pad on the site and biting down will help to deal with the blood.
Most people recover from wisdom teeth surgery after two to four days. That time is best spent resting at home, so schedule time off from work or school to give yourself time to heal. You can begin to eat soft foods and resume some daily activities the day after surgery, but avoid doing anything that could dislodge any stitches or blood clots over the wound. Until you are 100% healthy, you should not try to:
- Do any intense exercise
- Drink through a straw
- Eat hot or acidic foods
- Drink alcoholic beverages
- Avoid eating food that comes in small pieces such as rice or seeds
The surgery site will be fully healed after a few days, but the gums won't recover for another few weeks, so you have to continue being careful about what you do and eat until then and pay attention to any signs of trouble.
Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed From Boise’s Top-Rated Oral Surgeon
Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure, but there is still the possibility of complications. You should only get the surgery from an oral surgeon that you trust. You'll find a trustworthy and compassionate oral surgeon at Boise Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center.
Dr. Jeffrey Scott Bobst is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon with board certifications from the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He and his staff make it a point to treat each patient as their own person with specific oral health needs. We'll work with you to create a treatment and post-operative plan that makes the most sense for you. We don't just work with wisdom teeth. We're also proficient in a number of procedures, such as bone grafting, corrective jaw strategy, and oral pathology screening.
If you have any remaining questions, or would like to request an appointment, get in touch with us.