Posterior molars, also known as wisdom teeth, are the last adult teeth that pop up in the mouth. They grow above and below on both sides, usually between the ages of 17 and 21.

Many people do not have enough room in their jaws to hold their wisdom teeth without moving other teeth. This can lead to many problems.

If this happens to you, your dentist will likely recommend surgery to remove them. Wisdom tooth removal is very common and can take up to a week to recover, depending on your particular situation. The recovery process can take longer if your wisdom tooth is affected. This means they have not yet popped out of the gums and cannot be seen.

Preparation before wisdom tooth extraction

Wisdom tooth extraction is a fairly simple and quick procedure, which means you arrive and leave the surgery center on the same day. You will be given temporary anesthesia at the extraction site to reduce the sensation of shock and pain.

You should slowly regain the feeling in your mouth a few hours after the anesthetic wears off. Some pain and swelling are common symptoms. The first day of recovery will also include some bleeding in your mouth.

You can start using an ice pack as a cold compress to reduce discomfort. Remember, only use cold compress for the first day, for the next day, so using a warm pack will greatly reduce the discomfort. You will also receive instructions about when and how to take medications, prescription pain medicines, or over-the-counter medications.

Immediately after that, if you feel uncomfortable or awake, ask a loved one to take you home to ensure it is safe.

You should use soft, easy-to-swallow and gentle foods such as porridge, soups, fruit juices to speed up the healing process, absolutely avoid alcohol, use caffeinated drinks and drinks. smoking. You should also not use a straw to avoid pain. This can lead to uncomfortable complications.

Recovery process after wisdom tooth extraction

Most people recover relatively well from wisdom teeth in three to four days, and pain and discomfort is greatly reduced. If your teeth are crooked or erupted at an irreversible angle, the recovery time may be longer, but you will definitely feel much better.

The wound left after surgery will not be completely healed for many months. This is why the surgeons will sew the extraction of your teeth, wait 7-10 days after the extraction, you can return to the medical facility for the doctor to cut the thread. You can resume normal daily activities the day after surgery, but avoid any activity that could shed stitches or blood clots on your wound. This includes the following activities:

  • Sports exercise, high intensity bodybuilding
  • Smoking
  • Spitting
  • Use a straw

Some sensations such as swelling, pain, and bleeding are normal after the wisdom tooth is extracted. Contact your dentist right away if the pain or bleeding is too much and cannot be tolerated. Your symptoms should improve on the third day after surgery. All pain and bleeding should go away within a week after surgery.

Control pain during wisdom tooth extraction

Using hot / cold compresses and following a prescription recommended by your doctor are the two main ways to manage pain after wisdom tooth extraction. Ask your dentist for advice on how to use ice packs on your face. Do not apply ice directly to your face as this can lead to cold burns. They will also recommend prescription or over-the-counter medications.

You may also be instructed to take an antibiotic while you recover. This is to prevent any infection while your mouth is susceptible to infection by germs. Make sure to take a full course of antibiotics as directed by your dentist.

Foods to eat and foods to avoid

Drinking enough fluids and eating well is important for recovery, although you may not experience an appetite right after surgery. Ask your doctor for specific instructions on what to eat in the early days of recovery. Think of foods that will be easy to eat without chewing much and that won't dissolve your blood clot or stitches.

Start with very soft foods, such as:

  • Soup
  • Juice
  • Soft cake
  • Mashed potato

When eating, avoid using:

  • Food that is too hot can burn the surgical site
  • Nuts such as chestnuts, peanuts ... can get stuck in the hole where your wisdom teeth used to grow
  • Drinking from a straw or sipping too hard from a spoon can dissolve blood clots or damage stitches.


Wisdom tooth extraction is a very common procedure to correct or prevent problems with your final molars. You can eat soft foods and return to daily routine after surgery.

Recovery from wisdom tooth extraction takes about three days, but can take up to a week or more. It is important that you follow the home care instructions given by your dentist to aid in healing and preventing infection.


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