What is the Typical Recovery Time After Having Wisdom Teeth Extracted?
Posted on 10/15/2018 by Celeste Tom
Hearing that you or someone you know has to have their wisdom teeth pulled is enough to make people cringe. The thought is that it is a painful process that will make you miss work or school.
The fear is that you will have a hard time eating and drinking the things you want while you recover from the surgery. It is true that it takes some time to recover from wisdom teeth extraction, but it is a good idea to learn how long it really takes.
Stages of Recovery
All surgeries have different stages of recovery. You have the initial stage, the healing stage and the recovery stage. When you get a wisdom tooth or teeth pulled, you will go through the same stages. The amount of time it takes to recover from the surgery will depend on different factors.
These factors include the difficulties involved during the extraction, the overall health of the individual and the ability of the person to follow the aftercare instructions. While recovery time does vary, it is possible to give a general idea of how long recovery will last.
The Initial Stage
The amount of time it takes to get over this stage depends on the type of anesthesia and the extent of the surgery. Someone that uses a local anesthesia will only need a few hours for it to wear off. The stronger the anesthesia, the longer this will take, but the initial stage should not last more than 24 hours.
The Healing Stage
During this stage, the wound site will heal. Pain and swelling are common. Managing these symptoms is possible with the help of both prescription and over the counter medications. The worst of these symptoms will last 1 to 3 days. Most people try to take at least two days off from work and school to get through this stage.
The Recovery Stage
This is the stage where you can start to resume your normal activities. Over the course of about a week, you can start to resume normal activities and start to go back to a normal diet.
Recovery from a wisdom tooth extraction typically lasts 3-7 days. If it takes longer or if you experience any unusual problems, contact our office to schedule an appointment.