How Long Does Pain Last After Wisdom Teeth Removal?

I know how scaring it is to make a visit to Mr. Dentist. And upon examining, if he settles down to pull out those wisdom teeth the first question that rings in one’s mind is “How long does pain last after wisdom teeth removal?”

Firstly the degree of pain associated with the extraction of wisdom teeth is dependent on the condition of the teeth. If the growth of wisdom teeth is painful and interrupts the normal chewing process, the dentist will consider extracting them.

One may be left with excruciating pain immediately after the surgery. Your dentist may pre prescribe pain killers to help you manage your pain. Generally acetaminophen is prescribed.  You may also experience severe pain in the jaws and the cheeks.  The pain may hinder the wide opening of the mouth to brush or chew properly. The pain along with continuous bleeding should subside considerably over the next 2-3 days.  In this context the type of wisdom teeth extracted will play a role in the degree of pain caused. In case of a straight wisdom tooth the pain should be moderate and considerably reduce in a day or two. But if you have had an impacted wisdom tooth removed excruciating pain is unavoidable as the procedure involved in the removal of impacted wisdom teeth is slightly more complex.

Even in case of multiple wisdom teeth removal the pain should come down if one follows the post surgery care instructions. A dry socket may occur about 3-4 days after the surgery and this can be very painful. In this context it is necessary to understand what is meant by a dry socket. During the wisdom teeth removal surgery, a hole is drilled into the bone to pull out the intended wisdom tooth. A blood clot is naturally formed to protect the exposed bone and the nerves beneath. In case this blood clot gets disrupted or dislodged it can give rise to a painful dry socket. As such you must make a visit to the dentist to clean up the socket and he may also prescribe some medicines to hasten the healing process.

Though there are no hard and fixed rules and set time for the pain associated with wisdom teeth removal as different people have varying pain tolerance strengths, generally the pain should completely disappear in about 2 weeks from the day of wisdom teeth extraction in the absence of a dry socket.

Your age may be another factor deciding the degree of pain and the length of the recovery process. The older you are at the time of extraction the stronger are the roots of the teeth. And of course this means to say that the pain is also comparatively more and is likely to stay for a longer time. This is why it is best advised to get the wisdom teeth removal done at the earliest upon diagnosing the necessity for its extraction.

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