Wisdom Tooth Extraction Recovery Can Mitigate Side Effects with Proper Care

A young woman sits in a dental chair after having her wisdom teeth removedWisdom tooth extraction is typically a straightforward procedure that can prevent serious complications and discomfort. After wisdom tooth removal, it is imperative to follow your doctor’s detailed postoperative instructions in order to avoid complications, such as infection and dry socket. You will also need to rest for a few days and make some changes to your diet during wisdom tooth extraction recovery, which will typically take five to seven days. In Jackson, MS, Periodontal Associates of Jackson makes patient safety the highest priority. Dr. Roger B. Parkes and Dr. R. Clarke Stewart will make you feel comfortable throughout your entire journey, treating you with utmost care and attention. However, if you are experiencing complications from wisdom tooth extraction, call our office at (601) 956-1230 immediately. 

In most cases, the entire procedure will be performed in about an hour, and recovery will take approximately five to seven days

What to Expect During Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Many patients have difficulty if their wisdom teeth erupt at an angle or become impacted. Some of the negative side effects associated with improperly erupted wisdom teeth include infection, pain, overcrowding, and dental misalignment. If you are experiencing any discomfort or do not have enough room for your wisdom teeth, Drs. Parkes or Stewart may recommend an extraction to help you maintain your healthy and beautiful smile.

Each procedure is unique to the individual and how it is performed will depend on whether your teeth are erupted or impacted. In most cases, the entire procedure will be performed in about an hour, and recovery will take approximately five to seven days. You will be sent home with detailed instructions to follow to help you care for the treatment site. 

Achieving a Smooth Recovery

Immediately after surgery, you may feel groggy or nauseous with some throbbing at the surgical sites. In order to achieve a smooth recovery, your at-home care instructions include:

  • Taking medications as prescribed to help manage any discomfort.
  • Using cold compresses on your face to minimize swelling.
  • Not brushing your teeth for the first day so as not to disturb the surgical sites.
  • Carefully changing gauze as directed by your doctor.
  • Resting and keeping your head elevated with pillows for the first few days to help with swelling and inflammation.
  • Avoiding exercise and intense activity. You can resume normal daily activity within the first three to five days.
  • Avoiding drinking through a straw, as this can dislodge blood clots and cause dry socket.
  • Eating a soft foods diet for the first few days.
  • Avoiding smoking and consuming alcohol, soft drinks, coffee, and hot beverages.
  • Rinsing with salt water after eating.

When to Call Your Doctor

It is normal to experience swelling and bruising for up to a week after surgery. However, if any signs of infection develop, including high fever, prolonged swelling, pus, intense pain, uncontrollable bleeding, significant weariness, or persistent nausea or vomiting, call our office right away. Some patients may also develop dry socket, which can lead to significant discomfort and bad breath. Drs. Parkes and Stewart can provide detailed instructions on pain management and treatment if this condition does develop.

Extract Wisdom Teeth for Optimal Oral Health

If you need to have your wisdom teeth removed, we can help ensure you have a successful recovery with optimal results. Call our office at (601) 956-1230 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with one of our trusted doctors.

Dr. Roger B Parkes and Dr. R. Clarke Stewart

Periodontal Associates of Jackson, P.A.

Our periodontists, Dr. Roger B. Parkes and Dr. R. Clarke Stewart are committed to providing patients in Clinton, Ridgeland, and Jackson, MS, with high-quality care in a comfortable setting. They are affiliated with several professional organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Periodontology
  • American Dental Association
  • Jackson Dental Society

To schedule a consultation at our periodontal practice, contact us online or call (601) 956-1230.

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