Most people will need to get their wisdom teeth removed at some point in their life. Wisdom teeth serve no functional purpose anymore, and as they come in they can become immensely painful and actually shift the rest of the teeth out of alignment. Unfortunately, many people put off getting their wisdom teeth removed for as long as possible because they’re fearful of both the operation and the recovery process. That’s why one of the most common questions dentists get asked is “What is recovery like for wisdom teeth removal?”. Let’s take a closer look. 


First it’s important to point out that recovery is unique to every person. While we can identify common trends, each person’s body is unique and will react to an injury differently. The best way to aid recovery is to give the body the rest and nutrients it needs to do its job quickly and effectively. 



The last thing most people want to do after dental surgery is eat. It can be quite painful, if not impossible, to chew normally which is why patients should plan to live off of a mostly liquid diet for the first few days. The best way to keep that diet nutritious is to make smoothies, although treats like ice cream and pudding are good options here too. 


As the patient begins to heal and enters day two or three post surgery they can transition to soft foods, like pasta and potatoes before eventually returning to their normal eating habits. The timeline back to normal is going to vary from patient to patient, but is rarely more than a week. 


Dry Socket

The most common complication associated with wisdom-teeth removal is dry socket. Dry socket occurs when something damages the scab from the surgical incision. This can happen if the scab is dislodged from food, but can also happen if someone smokes or uses a straw before their incision has fully healed. Even something as simple as intense exercise or slurping food can lead to dry socket. 

The best way to avoid dry socket is to be mindful of activities and eating during recovery. It’s important that the patient carefully follows care instructions and keeps the incision site as clean as possible. 



Following surgery most oral surgeons will prescribe their patients antibiotics and pain medications. It’s critical that the patient utilizes those medicines as described by their doctor and takes them at the correct time. Nothing will derail recovery like an unexpected infection.

Wisdom teeth removal can be nerve-wracking for many people but it’s a simple procedure with an easy recovery. For more information reach out to





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