After wisdom teeth extraction, how long does it take for those annoying holes to fill up so I can eat and feel normal again??

It takes about 6 weeks for the jaw bone to repair itself following wisdom teeth extractions. This time may vary depending on if the wisdom teeth were impacted in bone or in gum tissue. Deeply bony impacted wisdom teeth require more bone removal and therefore may require more healing time. If the gum tissue is sutured to close the tooth extraction site, a blood clot forms quickly and the healing process begins. The soft tissue usually heals itself to the point where it’s not annoying anymore in about 3 weeks.  Pain usually subsides in a couple of days, but may linger when more extensive surgery took place.

Tips to decrease healing time following a tooth extraction:

  • Eat nutritious meals – you may not feel like it
  • Avoid small seeds or small, hard food – (granola, celery seeds, poppy seeds, etc.)
  • Do not drink with a straw or rinse vigorously – this may dislodge the blood clot
  • Do Not Smoke or Chew Tobacco – increases risk of a dry socket which is painful
  • Avoid chewing near the dental extraction site
  • Use antibacterial mouth wash twice a day for one week – Chlorhexidine Gluconate
  • Warm salt water “gentle” rinses four times per day – 24 hours following surgery
  • If food does get into extraction site, flush gently with warm salt water
  • If you have an increase in pain, swelling, or any concerns regarding the healing process – contact the doctor immediately
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