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How Long Does it Take to Heal Following Wisdom Teeth Removal?

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After wisdom teeth removal surgery, it will take time for the jawbone and gum tissue to fully heal. Some discomfort may occur for the first few days, though some people have little to no pain after surgery. However, the soft tissue can still be very sensitive for several weeks, so patients will need to be careful with what they eat and how they care for their mouths.

When to Eat Normal Food Again After Wisdom Tooth Surgery

During the healing process, it is important to avoid eating small, hard foods, such as nuts, seeds or granola, as these may irritate sensitive areas.

Patients should avoid chewing near the extraction site, as food may get stuck. If this happens, gently rinse with warm salt water. 

Choosing soft, nutritious foods for a post-surgery diet can help with recovery; patients should talk to their oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) about what to eat after wisdom tooth removal. 

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How to Speed Up Wisdom Teeth Recovery

In addition to being conscious of diet, patients who have had their wisdom teeth extracted should be careful with how they care for their mouths during recovery, including:

  • While dental care is still important during this time, electric toothbrushes can be harsh on healing gums, and it is recommended to brush gently with a manual toothbrush.
  • Avoid over-the-counter mouthwash; however, an antibacterial mouthwash may be prescribed. 
  • Avoid drinking from straws, as the sucking motion can increase bleeding. 
  • Take all prescriptions as prescribed. 
  • Do not smoke.
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Other Common Side Effects of Tooth Extraction

After wisdom tooth surgery, it is normal to experience some pain and taste blood. Immediately after surgery, patients  may experience mild side effects of anesthesia – including dizziness, nausea and shivering. Patients dealing with impacted wisdom teeth or with recurrent TMJ symptoms  before the procedure may feel additional temporary discomfort afterward. In the event of sudden or persistent increases in postoperative pain, contact your oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS).

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Last updated July 2023

The information provided here is not intended as a substitute for professional medical or dental advice, diagnosis, or treatment. It is provided to help you communicate effectively when you seek the advice of your oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Photos and videos are for illustration purposes only and are not indicative to what a patient may experience.