Permanent Smile Restoration
The extraction site takes about seven to ten days to heal completely. Patients experience bleeding after extraction that the gauze pad helps control. The gauze pads help form a clot in the area that stops the bleeding. Patients will also experience pain, swelling, and discomfort at the extraction site. The dentist will prescribe over-the-counter pain medication to help with the pain and discomfort. Patients can also place an ice pack on the swollen cheek to reduce the swelling.
You’ll experience mild swelling and discomfort for the first few days after the procedure, which you can reduce with ice packs. Meanwhile, avoid rinsing your mouth vigorously, eating hard food, and using a straw to keep from dislodging the blood clot. Dislodging this clot disrupts healing and leads to a painful condition called dry socket. Observe proper oral hygiene, and the wound should heal in a week or so.
There’s nothing wrong with not removing your wisdom teeth if you don’t have to. Wisdom teeth are permanent teeth that should last a lifetime. Your dentist will advise whether removing your wisdom teeth is a good idea. Otherwise, you can live a normal, healthy life with all your wisdom teeth intact.