Twickenham Family Dentistry
Dr. Brian Cook

How long does it take for wisdom teeth to heal?

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt. They typically come in during the late teens or early twenties. In some cases, they emerge without issue, but too often, they push on neighboring teeth or only partially erupt. This can cause pain and leave you vulnerable to infection.

The extraction process itself is carefully planned to provide you with the easiest treatment possible.

As far as recovery time, it depends on several factors, including how many wisdom teeth we’re extracting and compliance with aftercare instructions. Your dentist provides specific instructions based on your case, but typically you should avoid drinking through a straw or smoking for 24 hours following tooth extractions. For the first day, it is recommended that you eat only soft foods.

You may notice mild soreness for a few days, but this typically decreases as each day passes. After about five to seven days, you may forget that you’ve had extractions. In any case, the discomfort is usually mild and treatable with over-the-counter pain relievers. Your dentist can make a recommendation.

Experiencing Pain from Wisdom Teeth in Huntsville, AL?

We extract wisdom teeth regularly and will always make sure that the extraction area is completely numb. If you would like to schedule a consultation, contact our dental office today.

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