Wisdom teeth are the final of your teeth to appear (erupt) in the mouth. A wisdom teeth can occasionally become embedded beneath the gum line (impacted) and develop at an abnormal angle, potentially leading to problems. One of the most frequent dental procedures is the removal of wisdom teeth, which many individuals associate with unpleasant recollections. Everyone seems to have a tale to tell about their experience, whether it be about the insane thing they said while the anesthesia was kicking in or what they wish they had known about recuperation before the procedure. We’ve put together a brief outline of what to anticipate following wisdom teeth removal Toronto and how to make your recovery as painless as possible to help keep recovery stories on the lighter side. 

Why is wisdom tooth extraction important?

However, just because your wisdom teeth don’t hurt doesn’t imply there’s no problem. The teeth may be impacted or trapped. Therefore, they are unable to enter your mouth through your jaw. The teeth may develop at an angle to other teeth, or your mouth may be too small to accommodate them. If they push up against the tooth next door, they might break it. Some dentists cut out healthy molars to prevent issues later on. Your mouth’s bones become harder as you age. Your teeth are harder to remove as a result. Waiting could result in complications after surgery that range from severe numbness and cracked teeth to minor jaw movement loss and excessive bleeding. These issues could persist for a short while or forever.

What to expect during your tooth wisdom extraction?

The third molars, often known as wisdom teeth, are the final adult teeth to erupt, typically between the ages of 17 and 21. A good smile does not require wisdom teeth; not everyone keeps them. Wisdom teeth can pose major issues if they do not erupt properly, typically because they do not have enough space. When this occurs, the wisdom teeth may crowd the mouth and result in pain and infection in the future. Before age 20, people should have their wisdom teeth examined to evaluate how they erupt and look for impaction while the roots are forming. Your dentist or oral surgeon will likely advise having the last molars extracted in single outpatient treatment. Despite being an outpatient treatment, wisdom tooth extraction is a significant surgery. General anesthetic or local anesthetic will be administered throughout the procedure to make you more comfortable, but as it subsides, you should expect some discomfort and agony. Ask your dentist which type of sedation to expect so you can be prepared when you wake up from surgery and when recovery begins.

What is the aftercare of wisdom teeth extraction?

You can anticipate experiencing some pain, swelling, and minor bleeding following the removal of your wisdom teeth. Here are some of the most popular tips for a quick recovery, but your Toronto Dentist should give you specific instructions on how to care for your mouth following the procedure.

  • Avoid moving the blood clot that has formed where your teeth were pulled.
  • For the first day of recovery, refrain from brushing, spitting, flossing, rinsing, or drinking with a straw.
  • In the first few days following surgery, refrain from consuming solid foods, alcohol, coffee, soda, or other hot beverages.

What is the recovery time of wisdom tooth extraction?

Recovery from wisdom teeth often takes three to four days. However, it can take up to a week to recover if your teeth are impacted. Unless you develop an infection or dry socket, which occurs when the blood clot becomes dislodged from the extraction site, pain after wisdom teeth extraction typically lasts for 3 days to 1 week. The stiffness and pain should subside after 7–10 days, while the swelling around the mouth and cheeks should go down in 2–3 days.

What are the tips for the quick healing of your teeth extraction?

  • For the first few days, go easy. Most of the time, you can return to your routine after the first day, although it would be preferable to hold off for approximately a week. Anything you do shouldn’t be able to move the blood clot from the removal site.
  • To reduce swelling, place an ice pack over your jaw. The cold lessens the irritation and discomfort it causes from the ice pack.
  • You can choose between an over-the-counter pain reliever and a prescription painkiller that your oral surgeon has prescribed to control your discomfort.
  • After the first day, gently rinsing your mouth many times with salt water will help maintain it clean and help you avoid infection.

What are the foods to eat?

After removing your wisdom teeth, staying hydrated and eating well is crucial to ensure a speedy recovery. About a week after the treatment, you might need to alter some of your eating habits. Here are some foods to eat during wisdom tooth recovery and some to avoid.

Start by consuming soft foods that don’t need chewing for the first few days following surgery, such as:

  • Soup
  • Yogurt
  • soft noodles
  • Eggs
  • Cheese cottage
  • Apple sauce
  • Pudding
  • Potato dish
  • Smoothies (TIP: Avoid drinking with a straw because it could harm your stitches or dislodge a blood clot.)

What are the foods to avoid?

Certain foods can easily enter the tooth and socket cavities, causing pain and harm to the healing wounds. Don’t consume things like:

  • sticky candy
  • Chewing gum
  • Such foods as chips, pretzels, almonds, and seeds are hard and crunchy.
  • Extremely hot food

You shouldn’t be afraid of removing your wisdom teeth, but you should treat the process seriously. The healing process usually takes a few days, but swelling and discomfort might last a week or longer. Using cold packs, consuming soft foods, and washing your mouth with salt water can help lessen pain and stave off infection. If you experience strange symptoms following surgery, don’t hesitate to phone your oral surgeon. They will assist in getting you well and back to your confident, healthy smile. Call us at 416-626-0473 to book an appointment.