Wisdom Teeth Removal Recovery: How To Plan

The removal of wisdom teeth is one of the most commonly performed dental health procedures. For this reason, you can have great confidence in the ability and skill of the oral health team that serves you. The only thing you are primarily responsible for is the recovery process. How much effort you make to ensure your recovery goes as smoothly as possible will affect everything from the discomfort you feel to your risk of developing an infection. Learn what recovery measures you should take.

Pain Care 

One of the more critical areas to focus on is pain care. It is common for an individual to experience discomfort after an extraction. However, the best way to combat the issue is to follow the prescription plan outlined by your provider. Following these cycles will ensure a suitable amount of medication remains in your system at all times to keep you more comfortable.  


Exercise is great for your health, but it can be detrimental in the immediate days after the procedure. Strenuous exercise can elevate blood pressure and flow. As such, more blood can travel to the wound site, leading to excessive bleeding. You want to give the incision site time to heal before heading back to the gym.

Wound Care

The wound area must remain clean, as a failure to do so can lead to an infection. To go about this, you want to use the prescribed oral rinse as directed or follow any other regimen that your provider suggested. Generally, anytime you eat or brush your teeth, you should also use the rinse until the site is healed. 

Food and Diet

There are not necessarily any foods you cannot have after recovery, but there are foods that are more tolerable post-extraction. Again, discomfort is likely, so you should plan a diet that includes foods that are easy to swallow with minimal chewing, such as soup or pudding. The less you have to chew, the less agitation to the wound.

Follow-Up Visit

The most important part of the recovery process is to attend the follow-up appointment. In the days after the extraction, your provider will want to assess how the site is healing to ensure there are no issues. In the event there is a problem, early detection makes way for an easier solution. However, it may be harder to manage if you miss the appointment and there is a problem. 

In addition to these tips, speak with your oral health team to learn more about the wisdom teeth removal recovery process.