When Wisdom Teeth are removed, it is best to remove all four teeth at once. Usually all four teeth need to be removed and it is not a fun experience. The pain, swelling and healing time after wisdom teeth extractions is usually the same whether one or all four of the teeth are removed. Unless there is a good reason, such as severe swelling and infection of one tooth, it is best to remove all four of the wisdom at once.
Some throbbing and aching pain controlled by prescription medications. Minor bleeding of extraction site(s) after rinsing, eating, or drinking. Minor bruising and swelling both inside and outside of the mouth. Notify your dental surgeon if there is significant and persistent bleeding, or moderate to severe swelling. Notify your doctor if you experience severe nausea, rash, hives, or swelling of the throat or tongue.
Throbbing and aching pain will give to soreness. There may be some general jaw inflammation and deep discomfort. Jaw opening may be limited down to 60% of the normal opening. Be sure to rinse with warm salt water and keep food particles out of extraction sites. Gently dab and brush at the extraction sites with a toothbrush (no toothpaste) in between saltwater rinses. You may see a white or yellow tissue forming in the extraction site that has a fluffy appearance. It may be food particles, plaque, or NORMAL Collagen formation. Collagen is what the body makes ahead of gum tissue. Light brushing and rinsing should remove plaque and food particles. Do not Force out the Collagen as it is protecting the site. If after rinsing and cleaning, you smell a persistent foul odor, notify your Dental Surgeon.
Most symptoms should subside except limited jaw opening and a minor, occasional ache. It may take 2-4 weeks to reach normal Jaw opening. If any stitches remain, you should return to your dentist to have them removed. During this period, you should be able to stop taking the prescription medications. Some patients who bruise easily and who had pain before the extractions (especially patients who received emergency wisdom tooth removal) may have more pain for up to 10 days. It is extremely important to finish all antibiotic medications, even if there is not pain.
Wisdom tooth removal healing time depends on many factors, such as:
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