Wisdom teeth are your last molars that typically erupt between age 17-25. It is normal to have between 1-4 wisdom teeth or even have none at all.
Why Remove Wisdom Teeth?
Sometimes there is not enough room in your mouth to allow your wisdom teeth to break through in the right position. They may partially erupt or break through the gums at an angle. This is called an impacted wisdom tooth, and it can cause problems such as discomfort, wisdom teeth swelling and infection.
If this occurs, your dentist will recommend a wisdom tooth extraction. Removal of wisdom teeth is a standard procedure. The time it takes to extract the tooth will depend on the position of the tooth, and the complexity of the surgery.
How Long Does It Take To Recover From A Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
It can take up to a fortnight to fully recover from a wisdom tooth extraction. It is normal to experience wisdom teeth swelling, bruising and discomfort at the site for the first few days following surgery. If you had a surgical extraction, you might require stitches which are typically removed after one week.
How To Reduce Wisdom Teeth Swelling
- Apply an ice pack to the outside of the extraction site for 15 minutes on and 15 off to help reduce the wisdom teeth swelling in the first 24 hours.
- Your dentist may prescribe a painkiller and an antibiotic, but an over-the-counter medication can help to alleviate wisdom teeth swelling.
- Rinsing with a solution of warm water and a tsp. of salt can reduce wisdom teeth swelling and soothe sore gums. But do not spit out the water. Lean your head over the sink and let the water fall out. You should avoid spitting, drinking from a straw, and smoking for the first 48 hours following surgery, so you do not dislodge the blood clot.
- Consume soft foods like yoghurt, oatmeal, soup and smoothies until the discomfort and wisdom teeth swelling
Contact Dapto Dentists
Complications after a wisdom tooth extraction are unlikely if you follow your aftercare instructions.
However, if you experience a fever, unexpected bleeding, wisdom teeth swelling or dry socket due to a dislodged blood clot, contact our practice immediately at (02) 4210 9058. We can advise you on how to reduce wisdom teeth swelling, prescribe antibiotics or apply a medicated dressing to the site to alleviate throbbing.