how long is recovery after wisdom tooth extraction

How Long Is Recovery After Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

Dentists recommend this common oral surgery to prevent impacted teeth, ongoing pain and recurrent infection. To reduce initial swelling, your dentist or oral surgeon will probably suggest using an ice compress for the first few hours.

Key takeaways:

– Full recovery from wisdom teeth removal and the resulting bruising can take up to two weeks.

– Some patients need stitches to close the incision, with stitch removal seven days later.

– Caring for the clot and wound properly (e.g., not smoking) promotes quicker healing.

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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.