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How Much Pain Should I Expect When I Get my Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Published on: 16 January, 2020

One of the scariest things about getting your wisdom teeth removed is the pain. Everyone will tell you exactly how painful theirs was, but are they exaggerating? Knowing exactly what to expect can lessen the anxiety around this. We provide some information to calm your worries. 

Amount of Pain

The amount of pain varies from person to person. It depends on how well you deal with pain but also some extractions are just more painful than others. It depends on many factors such as the angle or size of the tooth. Do remember that your mouth will be numbed before the tooth is removed.

Expect a Few Days Recovery 

If it’s taking you a few days to recover from your wisdom teeth surgery, do not worry; this is completely normal. In fact, you should see if you can take a day or two off work or study to recover from this. It often takes 3 or 4 days, or up to a week to recover. It is also suggested that you do not brush your teeth for a couple of days afterward as this could disrupt the stitches and prolong recovery.

Ask for Help

It’s necessary to have someone drive you home from the surgery if a sedative or general anesthesia was used. You should also consider it if local anesthesia was administered because you may be distracted from the pain. It is also good to have someone around to help you with cooking and things because you may not feel like it after your surgery. Especially if it was last minute and you had to get to an emergency dentist, you may not have had time to ask for help. It’s completely okay to ask for help the next day. But do ask your friends and family for help if you need it! 

Having your wisdom teeth removed will be painful, we won’t lie to you. But knowing what to expect can help. Be patient as you recover and listen to your body. Lessen recovery time by following the advice of your dentist. Also, don’t forget to search ‘dentist near me’ to lessen the length you have to travel from surgery to home!