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How Long is Wisdom Teeth Removal Recovery

Recovering from wisdom tooth surgery normally take two weeks but the recovery time actually depends on the post-operation care. If you do a healthy diet and take care the wound very well, the recovery from wisdom teeth removal can be faster. On the other hand, if the aftercare is poor, it will take more time to recover. During two weeks after tooth extraction, you might experience swelling around the surgical area. It is because your gums are inflamed. This will cause severe pain for the first three days but get better gradually. The pain level depends on how complicated the extraction is. To minimize the swelling, you can compress your cheeks with a cold cloth.

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How Long is Recovery from Wisdom Teeth Removal

A stiff, sore jaw is common after wisdom tooth extraction. You have to deal with this sore for around a week. In addition, you will also experience bad breath and unpleasant taste of your mouth. Sometimes, your face, tongue, and lips get numb, too. Bleeding is also common but if there is excess bleeding, unbearable pain, and other unusual symptoms that cannot be overcome with self-home-care, you should report the problem to your dentist.

Actually, there are things you can do to help recovery faster and reduce the pain after dental surgical treatment. The practical way to ease the pain is to use pain relievers. The most popular painkiller is ibuprofen. You can get this medicine easily because it is a kind of over-the-counter medicine so it is available in almost all drugstores. Paracetamol works as well. Without taking the medicine, do not forget to read the dosage instruction. Following the manufacturer’s instructions is important in order to get the best effect of the medicine.

Healing process will be faster if you avoid strenuous activity at least for few days after the surgery. Take some days off for the recovery. You also need to focus on what you eat. Solid foods have to be avoided. Instead, eat soft foods such as mi lkshakes, cream soups, puddings, and yoghurt. Do not eat them while they are still hot as eating hot foods can dislodge blood clots. When you need to chew your foods, do it with other teeth. Choose foods that contain a lot of vitamins and minerals because high nutritional foods can speed the healing process. Besides, stop smoking and drinking alcohol. At least, you should avoid doing these bad habits until you are fully recovered. In the night while you are sleeping, elevate the height of your pillow. This will help reduce pain and get better blood flow.

Although the site extraction is inflamed and sore, cleaning your mouth is very important. For the first few days after the surgery, you can avoid brushing but you should rinse your mouth to freshen up the mouth and reduce bad taste. Using antiseptic mouthwash is highly recommended as it can help kill bacteria in the mouth. Normally, your face and mouth will return to normal in two weeks and even less than that if proper self-care is performed. Usually after one week, you will need to go to a dental office for a checkup with your dentist. The dentist will remove any remaining stitches and see your recovery progress.

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