Wisdom Teeth Removal: A Guide to Recovery

Wisdom Teeth Removal: A Guide to Recovery
Wisdom Teeth Removal: A Guide to Recovery

At Atlantic Oral Surgery, we specialize in safe and professional wisdom teeth removal surgeries. Our team of exceptional staff and board-certified surgeons are here to help you every step of the way, from reception to recovery. It’s important to note that each patient and treatment plan is specifically developed for each patient. Your oral surgeon will talk you through the entire process and prepare you for the recovery process, as well as give you a more detailed timeline for your specific case. However, if you’re booked for an upcoming wisdom teeth extraction, or if you’re already in your recovery time – here are a few things that may help you heal quicker and keep you safe, happy, and healthy.

You Home Recovery

Depending on your surgery – most patients fully recover within a week. Recovery time may vary if your wisdom teeth may have been slightly more impacted.

Post Surgery wounds

In most cases, your surgeon will use dissolvable stitches to close the wound. These wounds will still be sensitive for a few months after surgery, however, the stitches dissolve themselves and don’t need to be taken out at a later stage. It’s important to note that although they are healing – they are still susceptible to infection over the course of the weeks after surgery.

Luckily, most people can resume most of their normal activities very soon after surgery. However, as your surgeon will discuss with you – there are certain lifestyle changes that will speed up recovery time and boost healing.

  • Limit strenuous exercise
  • Avoid smoking
  • Do not drink with a straw
  • Try your best to stick to liquids and smooth food for the first day or two
  • Stay away from foods containing nuts, pits, and seeds

What to expect

With all surgeries, some pain, swelling, and bruising around your mouth and jaw is completely normal. Your doctor will provide you with gauze and ice packs for the first few hours post-surgery to help the swelling go down. Depending on the type of anesthesia you were under, you may feel slightly disorientated. Although recovery is fairly straightforward and won’t keep you from living your normal life for too long – it’s important to keep an eye on your wounds.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms during your recovery process – be sure to contact your doctor as soon as possible.

  • A consistent fever
  • Severe pain while on medication
  • Increased swelling over a long period of time
  • Bleeding continues through gauze.

If you are feeling uncertain about anything, don’t hesitate to contact us at Atlantic Oral Surgery. We’re here whenever you need us.

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