Wisdom Teeth Removal Recovery: Tips to Heal Quickly

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Sara banu

Subject: Wisdom teeth removed

My wisdome tooth has been removed yesterday night 6.30 pm indian time after 1 hour i took soft rice with curd n antibiotics then ice cream then today morning chapati dip in lentel curry is it ok for me then ice cream now its 5.30 ism taking soft rice with curd again is it ok plez suggest me what to eat how to brush n what toeat n drink n how to maintain hygine from infection iam 42 year old now there is no pain but bleeding is there n swelling plez suggest me

Ed Bennett

Subject: Pulled tooth #32

I had my wisdom tooth pulled on May 7th. It took what I thought to be a long time to heal as I developed Acute Necrotizing Ulcerative Gingivitis (ANUG), which were extremely painful sores in my mouth. This kept me out of work for a week and a day. I am scheduled to have the other one #17 taken out on July 9th. Needless to say, I am dreading it. I plan on taking 2 weeks for my recovery this time around.

Hailey E.

Subject: I have a question.

I got all 4 of my wisdom teeth taken out on May 11th 2016 and it's know may 29th 2016 the stitches are gone but the bottom two still have holes. IS that normal? What should I do?


Subject: 4 removed at once.

so i had all 4 of my wisdom removed the top were rotting for 5 years and the bottom ones came in impacted. they removed them at 6pm est on monday the 2nd of may. i bleed for 9 hours none stop had to go to the hospital were a dentist expert of 52 years got it to stop. my blood levels were fine even after the blood lost. i feel nothing in my face as far as pain and the swelling is going down already and its day 3. i am mad thought that my tongues nerve is blocked and can take any were from 5 weeks to 5 years or never to fix itself. i hope that those who have to get this done have a easy recovery like i am.


Subject: Advice/Tips?

On March 15th 2016, I got all four of my wisdom teeth taken out. The upper left wisdom teeth was bent so it had to be taken out. It's been almost a week and everything has gone smoothly, but when I speak, I have a hard time pronouncing my words and specifically words with 's'. I also can't chew and my mouth still slightly hangs ajar even though I do jaw exercises (Open and close my jaw 10 times an hour). Any tips or advice? Thank you in advance.


Subject: All 4 still in paim

Hi I'm 15 I got all 4 of my impacted wisdom teeth pulled this last Monday 3/14 it is the 3/19 and I still have some swelling and my lower jaw has a lot of pain I'm not sure if it is dry socket or not I don't see and white what should I do...

Alexandra Micklethwaite

Subject: Still in some discomfort

Hey everyone,

I had all 4 of my wisdom teeth taken out last Thursday (3/10/16). The first two days after were fine, but on Sunday it was the worst pain. I ran out of meds on Monday and went in for a refill. The oral surgeon put these medicated pads on my sockets, but did not say that I had dry socket. I would say the pain is more now of discomfort, but I am still having some. I have a really low pain tolerance so part of me feels that it is just me, but the other part of me feels that I shouldn't be in this much discomfort. Should I go back to the oral surgeon or wait it out? I have not been eating much the past few days because I am afraid of getting food stuck in the hole as well as feeling the pain. Thanks!

Greg Dufour

Subject: Great so far

Got two wisdom teeth pulled on the left side. No swelling or pain yet. Haven't taken painkiller, but have been regularly using some other "herbal medicine (not smoking). So far so good.


Subject: Herbal painkillers

Would love to know what your herbal medicine was. Would like to avoid the prescription (& even ibuprofen) if possible.


Subject: Nerve damage

I had all four wisdom teeth pulled 2 years ago. On my lower right tooth #32. My dentist was only able to remove part of my tooth due to the nerve was wrapped around my tooth so tight till he didn't want to cause any permanent damages by trying to remove it. Recently, I started having swelling and pain in that same area. I went back to see him and he said he had to go back in and see what was going on. So was scheduled for surgery. I had surgery on February 24, 2016. He was able to removed a little bit more of the tooth because the nerve was still wrapped around the tooth. The first time I experienced so much pain and numbing on the right side of my face and he put me on very strong pain pills. The nerve damage the first time lasted for 5 months. I sure hope it doesn't last as long this time. But, I can say that I feel very comfortable in knowing that I believe I will start feeling normal soon since I have been through this before. So I hope I've helped someone that's going through the pain and numbness. Rinse with warm salt water frequently.


Subject: One wisdom tooth extracted March 4th.

I had this upper left wisdom tooth for months and had no problems with it, until last two days before extraction. The pain from tooth was affecting my jaw. I didn't go to oral surgeon. I had it done with local anesthesia and it took my dentist only 3 minutes to pull it out.

I felt fine, and wanted to play safe and took the pain meds before the anesthesia wears off but then I ended up really sick entire day, woozy, nauseous and eventually 4 hours later after taking it, I had to throw up to get it out. Still no pain.

Today is 2nd day, no swelling, no bruising and the socket felt fine, no pain. I haven't taken any pain meds after ones I had yesterday morning.


Subject: Same here

Dentist yanked it out in 2 minutes and I never took and painkillers after the local anesthetic. Had a hole for a couple weeks and it went away.


Subject: Swelling and fever

I got my lower right wisdom tooth removed last wednesday..the first 24hrs was so painful and half of my face swollen as well as my jaw line..this is my 4th day and its still painful and swollen..i also have fever for 4days now..i dont know i still smoke since day 1..i noticed something white in the socket..i used betadine mouthwash for cleaning and antibiotics..im not feeling well till now.help


Subject: Hi! You have a dry socket!

Hi! You have a dry socket! You should not smoke :( you have to go back to your dentist. The blood cloth that was supposed to form was probably gone when you suck the cigarette. They should have told you that smoking within 72 hours is a BIG NO NO. I smoke and i had to stop for at least 4 days :(

Simphiwe Shongwe

Subject: stitches

On the 1st of February my 4 wisdom teeth were taken out by being operated. I'm healed but the stitches are still there . The cotton little ropes are out they've started to be long and sometimes are causing pains


Subject: 4 wisdom teeth extracted

In case any one is wondering what to eat, here are my personal suggestions.

I had all 4 wisdom teeth removed today and I was getting sick of apple sauce, so I tried a soft no-crust cream cheese sandwich and man did that hurt like heck! Definitely gonna stick with liquids for a while. I recommend ice cream (but nothing chunky) or popsicles. The coldness felt great and it goes down easy. Yogurt and pudding were good too.

But I was really craving actual nutrients so I went out and bought a bunch of veggies and made a wicked chicken noodle soup. Store-bought soup just wasn't gonna cut it. If there's one time you should go all out and make yourself the good stuff it's now! So I recommend making your own soup. And make it a hearty meal!

Here's what I used: diced chicken (but don't eat it, its too hard!), turkey necks for flavor (discard after soup is cooked), chicken bullion (or broth/stock), diced carrots, diced celery, diced onion, garlic cloves, peeled and cut-up butternut squash, green squash, potato (halved), halved turnip, diced parsnip (cored), lots of fresh dill (essential!), fresh parsley, and egg noodles (cooked separately).

Spices: a little tumeric, plenty of sea salt (love Utah "real" pink salt for this) and pepper, a pinch of tumeric and ground cloves (careful not to overwhelm here), bay leaves (discard later), some cumin and cardamon (whole caramon is better-discard later).

I mashed all the veggies in my soup bowl and did not eat the chicken. Super nutritious, filling, and delicious!


Subject: Dr. Beam

Had top left wisdom tooth yanked out under local. First time I've had a tooth pulled in 56 years. Doc was marvellous. Three cranks and out it came, though I was very nervouus and my entire body tensed up when he applied pressure. It did not hurt, but I could hear some cracking. Recovering a few hours later. Swapped out a bloody gauze pad. Feet up, resting. Motrin, some chilled chicken broth, a kale smoothie, and a wee dram of Dr. Jim Beam. I know, big no-no. Still.


Subject: Swollen chin,still cant open mouth after 3 months

My wisdom tooth pulled last november first week of 2015,and after a week my face its swell until my eyes are (left side)so i went to an emergency hospital because this is my first time to have this and im panicking.When were there the doctor said he can't do anything but just give me an injection on my butt and suggested that i need to go back to my dentist but because its friday their clinic is closed (im here in Jordan)so ive waited the next day and went back to my dentist ,and the doctor just tried to open up my jaw and told me "dont worry it will heal"i asked about medicine if need to change because the antibiotics that he gave me seems not working.and he said no just continue those that he gave me.and the day where he need to remove the stitches of my gums day 7 he have the hard process since that i cant open my mouth so he injected my gums again so that when he open my mouth is not that pain.but the days pass the swollen face and pain and opening my mouth is so challenging everyday.so o decided to take my own antibiotics that i used before and yes it works i continued that for a week and swollen subsided and i can open my mouth a little bigger than before at least i can use the spoon this time.but this december and January the swell and pain goes off and on if the swell subsided it means i can eat using a spoon but if the swell became bigger then my mouth can open up very very little.and suddenly since yesterday the pain swell is back like the first week.
Last january i went to another dentist and they did an xray,and panorama but the doctor said theres no abnormalities.and still need to show the result to a surgeon but until now they havent call me yet and when i called them its said the surgeon not replied yet!
Anyone can help me with this problem i cant eat in 2 days now.
Thank you ,your reply is so much appreciated!


Subject: Do not drink out of a straw!!

Do not drink out of a straw!! It will give u a dry socket and that is the worst pain in the world!!! So dont drink out of a straw! Try doing jaw excercises. I know its hard but it will help


Subject: Your poor mouth :(

Hey hun. I'm sorry I can't offer any medical advice. But I read through this and at the end you said you hadn't eaten in days. Can you fit a spoon in at all? Have you tried a straw? Apple sauce is VERY easy to swallow, I've found. I've just had my second wisdom tooth removed (I still have my bottom two), and apple sauce is by far my go-to food. Requires minimal mouth opening, and absolutely no chewing. I really hope this helps :( I'm sure you've tried everything, but try to drink apple sauce through a straw, or a spoon if you can. If not... Id got to the Emergency Room. Tell them everything, especially that you haven't eaten. They'll do something.


Subject: 3 wisdom teeth remove

My 3 wisdom teeth removed last jan.17 and its my 2 weeks, today my cheeks is swelling, i feel like i have jolen on it. Is it normal? Although i dont feel any pain.


Subject: I just had one wisdom tooth

I just had one wisdom tooth removed last week, the gum is killing me it just doesn't wanna heal at all . It gets even worse at night. Please can you share with if you have a remedy to speed up recovery


Subject: all four wisdom teeth removed

Hi All,
I am on my day three recovery. Day 1 and Day 2 were bearable but day 3 wow!!! my jaw is more stiff and I can't open my mouth. I am 27. I am wondering if that would be a problem for the healing process but my dentist said that there should not be any problems for the healing. This is the worst experience ever. However I'm lucky I am surrounded by people who care for me which is really a great moral support. I just hope that the pain subsides. it's really killing me. I am also wondering if my face will return to normal. Wish all of you the best recovery and stay positive.


Subject: wisdom teeth removed on Mon Feb29-2016 still swollen and in pain

I got my two wisdom teeth left side upper and bottom got removed on Mon around noon and today is thursday and my pain and swelling is worser then day 1 and 2 :( I am using ice pack and taking my pain medication day and night and making sure take it in the middle of the night also as one night, I missed my painkiller dose and that morning pain was out of control.Please make sure you eat before you take your medication, ist day I couldn't eat because of too much stiffness and pain and ended up throwing up at night, because the painkillers are strong and to be taken after food. I am so swollen up and in pain that I can not go to work. Hoping to recover by this saturday, and staying positive. Let's see how it goes.
Wishing you all a speedy recovery.


Subject: Swelling

This is totally normal! Day 1 and 2 are easy. its Day 3, 4, and sometimes 5 that really ache. Its because that is when the post-operation swelling kicks in. I know you've already found this out considering the date on your post, but just wanted to leave this here for anyone else looking for the same answer! :)


Subject: Gum recovery

I have the same problem as we speak, first two days the gum was still sore but bearable, right now I'm up, alone in my apartment. I just don't know what to do, I'm even thinking of going back to my dentist its again tomorrow. At night it's even worse.!


Subject: Cant open my mouth

Please help me i got my wisdom tooth pulled last November first week and until now i cant open my mouth and my face is swollen as well i noticed if the swell is worse and pain is much then my mouth its very painful to open up ,i can only open it by the size of my finger (flat).its already almost 3 months but still suffering.hard to eat i can only used the taste spoon. Please anyone help me im quite desperate!so scary

I went to another dentist because my dentist just told me it will come back just wait...so the other dentist took an xray and panorama and told me she didnt see any abnormalities.but the swell keeps coming back.


Subject: 1 wisdom tooth pulled

Had my wisdom tooth pulled in an emergency Saturday morning. I prefer the post opp then what i was experiencing for 7 days. It is normal to have swollen checks and tingling in mouth area as the wisdom tooth was on the the left hand side in jawbone. I am on day two of since my procedure , this feels a hell of a lot better than having that pain I was having all night long for 4 days. My dentist told me by Wednesday the swollen cheeks and gums should be almost to normal. Because my gums and wisdom tooth was infected the pain and swollen areas would be persistent for a couple of days. I will take that over that sensational pain of that huge tooth any day. Good luck wisdom teeth pullers . Even though my lymph nods are swollen in the neck and jaw area due to having an infection in the tooth; I have noticed cold air and warm compasses eases the pain.


Subject: upper right wisdom

It's been a week and mouth still hurts I can barley open my mouth to eat and yarn. It hurts to swollow, feels like strep throat.


Subject: Wisdom/3rd Molars

I had 3 wisdom teeth and 3 molars removed yesterday under general anesthesia.
I was not too loopy or anything when waking up and have not experienced any pain or swelling whatsoever. My face looks completely the same and only have some tightness in the jaw every now at then when closed on gauze for too long. I have only taken one of the prescribed pain killers in two half doses. Other than the excessive drool (which has gone down significantly) I have not experienced any problems... yet.

I have even been lightly smoking a cigarette every so often without creating too much suction in my mouth. I've kept clean gauze over the wounds and rinsed the excessive amount of blood from my mouth after the first 4-5 hours. I only used ice for about 30 minutes after returning home from the surgery.

Is it normal for someone to experience no pain (at least in the first 24 hours that I'm currently in.) My mouth was very infected from the wisdom teeth and I have been on on/off pain and antibiotics. Woke up one day with one side of my mouth swollen to the size of half a baseball. Wake up in pain almost daily up to 3 days before the surgery and now after the surgery I feel better than I did prior to.


Subject: Smoking

The reason you are not supposed to smoke is not primarily because of the sucking. It's because smoking decreases blood flow to the area, and you need that blood flow to heal. Smoking gently will not make a difference!


Subject: I'm sure you've found this

I'm sure you've found this out by now, but just in case anyone else sees this --yes its normal, enjoy it while it lasts! I had my upper-right wisdom tooth removed today, the second one I've had extracted so far. The first day or two is a breeze... Its the 3rd and 4th that hurt so much!

Chris Leggett

Subject: 1 wisdom tooth pulled

I had only one wisdom tooth extracted just three days ago now. I've only experienced a minimal amount of "pinching" when it comes to pain, fortunately. My concern was having swallowed the coagulant from the extraction site last night. Still no pain, but a gaping hole lol. I've been lightly brushing, and keeping it somewhat packed( more covered) in clean gauze. Definitely reluctant to experience dry socket to say the least lol.


Subject: All 4 wisdom teeth

I had all 4 of my wisdom teeth removed on the 26th of this month, and it is the worst experience this far into my life. After the surgery, I wasn't too loopy, and I was in severe pain a couple hours after the surgery. I must have a high pain tolerance because none of the medicine is working period. I think I have felt every ounce of pain. The peak of my swelling was the day after, I have applied cool and warm to the face, neither of those have worked either. I cannot sleep through the night without the pain interfering. I took a sleeping pill to see if that would help, and of course, it did not. I need some kind of relief!!


Subject: 4 wisdom teeth removed on Jan 6

I got mine removed just yesterday morning and I feel fine. My mouth was numb right after the procedure, but then got my feeling back this morning. I guess the only thing that is annoying me is having to keep two fat wads of gauze in my mouth constantly, and that I can't eat any normal food. I've been craving a big bowl of local Chinese food, but I'm afraid to eat the wrong thing/way and ruin my healing process, so I've been sticking with boring soup and smoothies. I'm kind of a big guy (Not physically fat, but tall, and eats more than the average person) so I like to eat lots of food, so I constantly have a growling stomach now since one bowl of soup or one cup of smoothie isn't enough. I would eat a lot more soup but I really don't like soup, and I don't want to run out of smoothie ingredients already. I guess if I could give any advice I would say make sure you take your medicine at the appropriate amount of time between doses, have lots of water at hand, don't spit or suck on anything, be prepared to make/put together soft food that you like.


Subject: Teeth Pulled

Its been a week since I gotten my teeth pulled. How long does it take for your mouth to heal?? And when can I use a straw??


Subject: Very good experience

I was afraid of recovery after hearing many stories from friends who had a bad experience. I had all 4 wisdom teeth extracted yesterday, I am 18 and none of them were badly impacted or had formed roots, which certainly contributed to the lack of pain. I was also given the surgery in a hospital under general anesthesia.
When I got home I was nauseous from the anesthesia and my throat was sore for the breathing tube put in during surgery. But when I got home I had no problem eating soft things. Including cooled eggs and cooled ramen noodles that I smashed into small pieces. I tried to suckle on a little bit of leftover Christmas chocolate until I realized that could dislodge a clot, so NO sucking.
I had a lot less pain than expected.
On today, the second day, it is slightly better and worse in ways. My throat is a little more sore and I have some more swelling, but I have not had to take any prescription pain meds and do not have a lot of pain at all. My bleeding is mostly stopped, and my jaw is only a little sore, but I don't have too much of a problem opening it. It only hurts to talk because of the breathing tube in surgery which really scratched up my throat.
I was pleasantly surprised how easy the experience was in comparison to what I expected. I think it really depends on your age, the position of the teeth but especially your pain tolerance. You can never clean out your mouth enough with salt water, so I do that at LEAST every two hours. I keep a glass of the water beside the bed and a bowl for spitting it. also there are good soft recipes online.


Subject: Jaw swollen after a month of extraction

I got the bottom right wisdom tooth extracted. I experienced 1 1/2 weeks of pain and being swollen, n then was perfectly fine. Woke up this morning and my jaw was swollen! I hav no idea y, ive been trying my best to properly clean the area. Any tips on what i should do?

Shaz Chung

Subject: Infection?

You may have an infection in the spot your wisdom tooth was in. I recommend you go straight to the hospital again. Or wherever you had it done.

Allen Iwasaki

Subject: Currently in Progress

(December 23, 2015 2:00pm) All four of my wisdom teeth were extracted. Did not feel any pain during nor after the surgery as the anesthetics had already kicked in. As a day time has passed, the worst part from my experience would happen to be the constant buildup of saliva in the mouth along with my blood clots failing to remain in place for the whole night. Finally the blood clots have seemed to form, but both cheeks and top corners of my face have swollen and gone fairly numb. The pain is tolerable (with painkillers that is) and my biggest worry right now is accidentally licking my gums where my wisdom teeth were as in stimulates pain and could possibly knock off the blood clots currently in place. Besides an hour or less of rest the first day, hopefully the worst is gone.


Subject: Recent tooth extraction

4 days ago I got a mole on my left side and a wisdom tooth on my right side pulled. Since then I haven't had much pain but my neck is stiff and I was wondering if that is normal I was also wondering about how long does it take to become used to my teeth settling around my other teeth from which were removed?

Janay Rojas

Subject: Gum Pain

I had my wisdom tooth removed, bottom right, on Friday and the pain didn't really hit until the next day, Today is Day 5, Wednesday, and the area around my extraction no longer hurts or even my jaw. I have noticed a lot of pain in my gums toward my front teeth, top and bottom that doesn't seem to go away even with pain meds. Why is that?


Subject: 4 Removed, Advice

I got four wisdoms removed this morning at around 7 AM, (Nov 17th, 2015). My dentist didn't give me painkillers,"He forgot", and my parents weren't able to get them to me until about 5 that afternoon.

I've never been in so much pain.

I finally got the medicine, along with my antibiotics, and so far it's helping loads.

Minus the fact that I threw up twice from the antibiotics- Beware, this could happen, so be prepared and have a plan for vomiting.

So far, the right side of my jaw is more swollen than my left, but both are extremely noticeable.

The process sucks but we just have to get through it. I'm really, really dreading not being able to workout for like two weeks, but I'll do anything it takes in order to heal these bad boys.

Girls: I was told by by hygienist that antbiotics can weaken the strength of birth control, and therefore we're at a higher risk for accidental pregnancy. (If you're trying to be sexually active in the healing process, that is..Which, who even wants to do that at a time like this?!)

Regardless, my cousin (Who's also a hygienist) said that that was only in the past with older versions of birth control. However, it's always better to be safe.

Good luck to everyone out there, let's get through this!


Subject: Pain increased

I got all my wisdom teeth pulled out Friday morning,(Dec. 18) at 10 am. And i felt no pain an i didn't have any swelling til about the second dayAnd boy the did the pain kick in Sunday, 20th. Ad wow, I'm laying in bed right now and the pain keeps me up for hours just waiting for it to subsidize enough for me to fall asleep. I always seem to wake up at 3 and fall asleep again around 5:30. I take the pain medication and rinse gently with warm salt water. Any suggestions to control my sleepless pain?


Subject: Alls Well

Had mine out on the 3rd and it went great! Took them 20 minutes for all 4 and came out in no pain or swelling. Day 5 my only complaint is the holes they're as facinating as they are annoying. Either way I feel 100% better now that they're out and im ready to finnish highschool with a healthy mouth.


Subject: Wisdom teeth

I had all 4 wisdom teeth pulled out, November 30th. Its been 7 days. One was connected to nerves. So my tongue is completely numb. Anybody else experience this? I absolutely hate it. Everyone makes fun of me when i talk since i developed a lisp. Please help.


Subject: tooth extraction

I had just one wisdom tooth removed, and my tongue, and the side of my face is numb...it sucks I don't know if you got better or figured how long this takes to go away. I had mine removed DEC 4...I'm trying to figure out what to do cause I have important interviews coming up in the next week


Subject: Nerve damage from getting my wisdom teeth removed

I'm on day nine after getting all four wisdom teeth removed under anaesthetic. Recovery was painful but did get drastically better after day three.

Unfortunately I still cannot feel the right side of my tongue. I have constant pins and needles, cannot taste, my tongue actually feels like it's burnt. I'm lying in bed and it's tingling and sore. Apparently this is rare, my surgeon advised it takes 6-8 weeks before it improves. The more I research this online, the more this seems like it could take years to get better if it gets better at all.

I'm struggling to eat, it hurts all the time and it's affected my speech slightly making me self conscious.

I can only hope after six weeks it's better, being only day nine I owe it to myself to be positive.

Anyone have any positive stories around recovery from nerve damage? Would love to hear them compared to the horror stories I've been reading online.


Subject: just had all 4 of my wisdom teeth removed this morning

the worst pain i felt was right after i woke up but once i took the pain killers i was prescribed and took a little nap i felt better. Even just a little while ago when the prescribed pain meds wore off and i took a tylenol until i can take the prescribed meds again the pain isnt as bad as when i first woke up after the surgery. I had lost some feeling in my right side of my mouth and tongue but it actually came back pretty quick. I hope you are able to get feeling back soon. I read on another site that it can take quite a few months for everything (including jaw bone) to heal up fully after having wisdom teeth removed but i would just be happy to not have anymore pain lol. So far my experience is much better than i had thought it was going to be. I was so terrified before they gave me the anesthesia. Was the first time i ever had surgery or even an IV so i was shaking with fear but it really wasnt as bad as i thought and recovering is annoying because of the guaze and the blood taste but i'm sure you will get feeling back :) stay positive and i wish you all the best


Subject: Dry socket and numbness

I had my right lower out the 23rd of nov. I have tingling in my right lower lip chin and gums. It was totally numb at first but it's coming back and hurts a lot, just as bad as the dry socket. Three weeks and still pain? I can also still see the hole is quite large. Is that normal? I just want the pain to stop. Is anyone else the same?


Subject: Numnness

Hi I'm
Expirencing the same problem .. Have u regained feeling yet to the toungue ?


Subject: I had mine taken out on the

I had mine taken out on the 23rd, it's now December 1st and I'm still in a lot of pain and I also can't feel the whole left side of my bottom lip and chin. I guess they damaged the nerve but I hope the feeling comes back for both of us!


Subject: 4 Teeth Extracted

I am sixteen and I had all four of my wisdom teeth extracted on Friday. They put me all the way under, and the procedure itself was fine. However, I'm now experiencing a LOT of pain, and being a high school student, it's hard for me to take heavy duty pain meds that knock me out. I've been switching an ice pack from cheek to cheek but nothing is helping the swelling go down, and my cheeks are so swollen that I can't chew at all without biting them. The doctor said I shouldn't need a post-op appointment but my stitches are very long (I can feel them poking on the inside of my cheek). This has not been any fun for me at all, especially since I already have a fear of the dentist! What can I do to try to relieve the swelling and pain? I know a nutritious diet is best, but I can barely open my mouth, let alone chew anything healthy. I'm so hungry!


Subject: Wisdom tooth extraction recovery

Take 2 rubber gloves, fill with crushed ice, tie ends together, and wrap in washcloth. That way you don't have to constantly move ice pack from one side to the other. 20 minutes on, 20 off. Yogurt with melted p-nut butter supplies calcium and will help you feel full. Plain vanilla is best w/p-nut butter--smooth and not crunchy (-of course!) Hope this helps!


Subject: tooth pain

So sorry your going through this pain I just had my wisdom tooth pulled out now realized my bottom cheek is cut from the extraction not fun! Very uncomfortable!
Try to drink healthy smoothies & shakes feel better!


Subject: 3 wisdom teeth removed

Thank you because my experience has been the same. I was told 3 to 4 days and I should start feeling normal. It seems there is no end to the pain. The narcotics make me itch and ibuprofen barely works. I can not eat anything because I can barely open my mouth. I guess this is normal and it is just so far outside of what I expected. I am actually waking up from the pain at night or not able to sleep. Salt water rinsing does help it seems to flush my mouth but I am supposed to go back to work I do not see how I can possibly make it back with all the pain. It is such a distraction and of course I can not drive taking narcotics

Alyssa Adams

Subject: Wisdom teeth

I got 3 of my wisdom teeth removed on Monday (Nov. 16th) and it is now Saturday night (Nov. 21) and I am still in quite a bit of pain. I went back for my check up and everything seems fine, but I have the worst jaw & earache majority of the day and in the middle of night. I've alternated the ibuprofen & norco pain killer, but it's still intense pain and what seems like a long recovery.


Subject: How long to heal?

Had my wisdom tooth pulled out 1 week ago. There is still a big hole. How long does it take for the hole to close and the gum to heal?


Subject: Wisdom tooth extraction

I had my bottom wisdom teeth extracted 9 days ago and they still hurt really bad, I'm pretty sure I have dry socket even though I did everything to prevent it. I've been using the clove oil and it works for a while, but then it starts hurting again.When I eat I flush right away and get a lot of food out, it just seems like the holes are really big. Also, is it supposed to look white inside the holes? Is it normal or is it the bone or is it food or an infection? Do I need to go back to the dentist? I need to know, someone help me please.


Subject: Two Impacted Wisdom Teeth

I got my two lower impacted wisdom teeth removed a week ago today. I am experiencing more pain today than I have all week. I've been back for my post-op appointment yesterday, and he said other then some food lodged into the open sockets, healing was doing fine. I'm taking prescription pain killers and ibuprofen every four hours, and the pain is not letting up at all. Is something else wrong? My whole mouth it aching and throbbing and the teeth around the open sockets hurt most of all.


Subject: I got all 4 removed on the

I got all 4 removed on the 11th of November but the top two were nothing, so aside from the top two, everything you commented on is true for me. I am on day 7 now, going on 8, and am still in pain, even when I am taking pain meds. I was given prescription pain killers and Ibuprofen as well. I too had my follow up appointment yesterday and was told everything was healing fine (no dry sockets, no infections) but I am still in pain! Now all of my bottom teeth hurt. I'm assuming that it is normal and everyone heals differently, but I just wanted to give you reassurance that you are not the only one. Everything you said, I could absolutely relate to! I hope you are feeling well since your post, being exactly one week ahead of me, I'm hoping I won't be feeling this way for Thanksgiving.


Subject: 4 wisdom teeth extracted

I've never been in more pain after removing my four wisdom teeth November 3rd on a Wednesday it is five days later I am still swollen, I wake up to severe pain and a swollen face.
I wanted to sleep with a gauze to prevent me from biting the back of my cheek overnight however I put them in and felt relief but I didn't want to have to yank them out and hurt my stiches the morning after.
I can't open or close my mouth, I cannot chew, I do not find relief this is depressing.
I would highly recommend only extracting only two teeth at once. It's so painful


Subject: It's situational

I had all 4 of mine pulled 2 days ago. I was awake the whole procedure (was kind of creepy hearing the teeth cracking and dislodging). What you are describing is not typical and I would call or revisit the oral surgeon. I was eating solid food last night (carefully and slowly). I would recommend getting all 4 out because you reduce cost of procedures, only have a single time period of recovery, and if something out of the ordinary were to happen like your situation you could get it over with and not have to dread and fear the return trip for the removal of the second two.


Subject: 4 wisdom teeth removed

Just wanted to at sorry about your pain. However, I don't think having all four teeth removed I'd the only problem your having. I had all four of mine pulled this past Thursday. I'm in pain, but nothing ibuprofen can't help. Maybe you should talk to your dentist about it. I'm able to eat solid foods, just nothing crispy. I know everyone is different, but you should probably talk to your dentist just to be sure.


Subject: Dental surgery looming

On Monday, November 16, 2015 I'm getting all my wisdom teeth extracted AND two root canals. Being under general anesthesia is very nerve-wracking for me because I'm afraid of anesthesia awareness and have a lot of anxiety about any dental work. Also, a lot of these comments say you have to take time off work. I'm a senior in high school and missing a lot of school isn't really an option. Any advice on how to minimize the anxiety and get back in school as soon as possible? What kind of painkillers will I get?


Subject: You should ask the Dentist

You should ask the Dentist you are going to see if you can get a valium or an anxiety pill the night before you procedure so you can take it a hour or so before, I also say to ask because you never know what can cause a bad reaction to the anesthesia. I am also scared of being put under and when I think of it I get sick to my stomach. The pain killers you will get will depend on your doctor but most Denitist never prescribe anythig stronger the ibuprofen. They might if you ask so you can get through a normal school day, and since your still in high school maybe getting a parent to say to give you something stronger will help.


Subject: Wisdom teeth extracted

Well, at 70 years old, the wisdom choppers gotta go, One was busted and the other one had bad decay. Local DDS said don't fool with 'em, you don't need them for eating and filling them, reconstruction or implants were not cost effective.

Went to an oral surgeon and it's like an a la carte meal: $90 for initial evaluation (10 min.) and $130 for a panoramic digital x-ray (ouch!) then it's a simple $200 to pull each wisdom tooth. This was using Novocaine. Full sedation was another $400! I opted for the novo.

I sat in the chair for about 15 minutes to have the Novocaine work, the oral surgeon did his thing, and it all took 25 minutes. Have to stuff the sites with gauze pads to arrest bleeding and my mouth is on overdrive producing clear saliva.

Pain meds ($10) and antibiotics ($7) were prescribed. I should be gtg in 2-3 days. I have a lot of work to do around the farm--it's harvest time and my tractor needs bearings changed out as well. Animals need looking after as well. No downtime for us working stiffs.

All in all, not a pleasant experience, but it had to be done since the pain of having those wisdom teeth in was worse than the discomfort I have now after the surgery. Really, pain was no big issue; I must have a high tolerance for pain.

Do what needs to be done and suck it up. Had it done here in a mid-size metro area in Ohio. The doc was cold but competent, and his staff was excellent. Ask a lot of questions before, during, and after.


Chelsea S.

Subject: REPLY

I don't know for sure that this is why, but it makes sense because during the operation your mouth was open very wide. It could just be some soreness.

Bug Duncan

Subject: wisdom teeth

I had my bottom wisdom teeth out ,one was impacted and I have been in so much pain. I am on day 5 needing pain med every 3 to 4 hrs . On day 3 called the surgeon who told me what Im describing is normal and usually day 3 is the worse for pain and to keep taking the meds prescribed which are advil and tylenol 3, which is hurting my stomach. Not to mention makes me feel nauseous on top of everything else. He said try and bear with it take your meds and roughly 36 hrs it should start to ease. I would rather be giving birth then to be dealing with this much pain, just want the pain to end! On day 5 now and still nothing has changed, really starting to wonder if this is normal or is there something else going on like a dry socket. Have a earache on and off which is apparently normal to have.


Subject: Have you ever given birth? I

Have you ever given birth? I have 3 times. This doesnt even compare. Had 3 wisdom teeth taken out 8 days ago. Still sore but wouldnt trade it for giving birth ever!! And the only pain med I took for my surgery was right after- 1 pill. Ibuprofen and the antibiotic has been it for me. I dont do well with meds as a whole so I ate a small meal with each dose. Makes a HUGE difference!!


Subject: Reply to you

According to what you had mentioned... So Long there's no bleeding, strong pain it's because the wound is still in healing process.. Partly also because during the surgery..Dentist had hurt your muscle at your jaw area causes the gum to hurt. Rest more, don't talk much and try not to bite down so that it will not hurt the wound. During sleep, tilt your pillow a bit higher and don't lay flat when you sleep. Do not use straw or keep spitting as well. You'll be fine.(:


Subject: Impacted wisdom tooth

Had a lower impaced wisdom tooth and a lower cracked molar removed 5 days ago. Pain and tightness in stitches was getting worse each day. Went to my dentist today and found out they had caused ulcers. Dentist removed most of the stitches and after about an hour the relief was amazing. Will take about 10 days for ulcers to heal.


Subject: 4 Wisdom teeth removed

I had all 4 of my wisdom teeth removed, and all I can say is this is the worst thing I have ever been through in my life. I am on day 5 post surgery, and the pain has not let up in the slightest. It may be somewhat worse as the days go on. I had so much pain on day 3 I swore I had dry socket so I went to the surgeons office and she said everything was healing fine. The prescription pain meds made me very nauseous so I have just been taking Ibuprofen and Tylenol, and it just isn't doing it for the pain. It feels like there is no end in sight. Nothing is feeling better, I am just getting more paranoid about eating and getting food caught that I am to the point where I am not eating as well as I should be. I am waking up in the middle of the night still to take more ibuprofen. I've almost become depressed by the constant pain all I want to do is sleep and cry. I feel like I am not doing as well as others I know who have had it done. I feel like a big baby however I have a pretty high pain tolerance and I have given birth naturally with no pain meds and I'd rather do that any day compared to having this constant pain. Horrible. When will this pain end? When will I be able to eat normally again! So done with this!


Subject: I'm having mine removed

I'm having mine removed November 24th, I am a huge baby when it comes to pain and pain medicine often makes me sick. So the doctor prescribed me muscle relaxer and pain medicine is there anything u could tell me to help the process


Subject: Irrigating your sockets

Irrigating your sockets (especially the bottom ones) will really help with the discomfort and aching. Even if you are only eating soft foods like mashed potatoes, it can get stuck in the holes and start to rot. Put warm water in one of those irrigator syringes (you can get them from the drugstore) and gently flush out the sockets EVERY TIME you eat. You will be disgusted by what comes out, but you will start feeling better. I used salt water in the syringe at first and it really stung, so now I use plain warm water for the socket flush (I still rinse my whole mouth with the warm salt water). I have much less discomfort and I dont stress about eating like i used to. It's important to eat so you can heal properly!

Sorry you are going through this. The flushes should help some.


Subject: Ugh

I'm with you guys, I had one bottom wisdom tooth removed, that was grown down into my jaw bone. I can't even imagine having 4 done. I'm on day 3 and it's worse now than before. As a former MMA guy, whose had abdominal carteral tears, torn rotator cuffs, broken facial bones, and had every joint in my body twisted in the wrong direction, I can say this is the most aggravating and annoying pain ever, it never stops.....dull, sharp, and achy at the say time, and it NEVER stops.....it makes me highly moody and angry


Subject: Wisdom tooth extraction's effect

I had been extracted a month before. But still, I feel pain through my jaw and the part that has been extracted until now. I wonder why this happening?.. I cant sleep well, due to constant severe aches i feel within the jaw.
Its been a month since i was extracted. I drink Norgensic level3 antibiotic perhaps. After 3 days that
the pain goes away. However its coming back till now. PLease need youre help! I have seen my doctor but
says its just normal, but the aches desperately creeping my jaws cant sleep very well.


Subject: Wisdom teeth

I just got all four wisdom teeth taken out at 10 this morning. How much longer will this bleeding last?


Subject: Wisdom teeth

Oh my goodnesss! So I had 4 wisdom teeth taken out and it was the worst experience ever. Ever since the extractions all i could think of was the bad things that could happen to me!

Anyways the number one tip i suggest is that you watch out and make sure you dont chew on you gums/cheek after the extraction, because i did that and an extra piece of gum tissue formed on top of the teeth so the dentist had to cut it out and that hurts so bad!

Number 2! Dont worry if you follow exactly what the dentist says. Just rinse with salt water after everymeal and before bed! But make sure you get in the holes otherwise bacteria is going to form. Lucky me, the dentist gave me a syringe so it made things easier. I suggest you ask for one!

Number 3. For me the pain lasted about a week and was worse on the fifth day. Having headaches. Jaw aches. All sorts of stuff. The day after that i went to the dentist to get my stitches removed and thats when he said that everything is going fine just some more rinsing and it should do the work.

Number 4. i dont know if this applies to everyone but I had trouble sleeping. I kept on waking up in 3-4 hr intervals and that sucked, since I would be waking up to pain.

Number 5. I took pain killers for like the first day and sure it helped but it made me feel very uncomfortable so i beared the pain and survived. Better for you too. Since pain killers are actually addictive apparently.

Right now i am still healing! Hopefully everything goes well!


Subject: Great insight

Great comment! I've been searching online for the "normal" pain symptoms etc after wisdom teeth extraction. Found nothing until reading your comment and finding my experience is very similar to yours. Im on day five and was worried that my waking in pain was not normal.

Other tips: noticed the rest of my teeth became sore due to shifting Im guessing.
- definitely swoosh with salt water to clear any food that may have gotten stuck after eating
- dark red "scabs" are normal
- 2 500mg Tylenols will work wonders


Subject: Appointment in less than a week

I am so anxious! I'm getting four teeth pulled Friday - two top impacted non irrupted wisdoms and two bottom molars. I just got braces last week. I had a horrible experience getting a bottom wisdom extracted on local anesthesia. I was pregnant and couldn't take anything but Tylenol. It was the worst! Any advice to ease the anxiety?


Subject: Not too bad of an experience

I had two wisdom teeth pulled on a Wednesday evening. They used laughing gas and a local anesthetic. The bottom tooth required them to cut through the bone. That REALLY sucked mostly because of the noise. I didn't feel much other than the pressure of him pulling at the tooth. The top tooth came out with no problem. The whole process took about 10 minutes, literally.

I will stress that you should NOT eat or drink 8 hours prior to getting the laughing gas. I thought I was smart and only drank a couple of Muscle Milk protein shakes, and an Odwala fruit smoothie drink easrlier that morning. Within 5 minutes of getting in the car after the teeth were pulled the nausea set in. I've been nauseous before and this was nothing like that. I thought I was going to pass out. I broke out in to an extreme amount of sweat and could not control it. My wife who was driving me got very concerned. The nausea lasted for about an hour or two. My wife dropped me off at home and got my Rx filled. After I took the medicine I pretty much passed out and got some much needed rest. Once I woke up I could barely feel the pain, but a couple of hours later I felt it coming back. I took more of the prescribed medicine and it truly stopped the pain. I took the next day off from work and by noon that day I was feeling fine.

Today is Friday, two days after the surgery and I feel totally fine. I will continue to take the medicine for the swelling and the Antibiotic, but I think I will discontinue the pain medicine since I am not longer feeling any pain. Honestly there wasn't that much swelling. I'm glad that those were my last two wisdom teeth and I hope to never have to have a tooth removed from my mouth again.


Subject: 2 Wizzies Out

Had my upper and lower wisdom teeth on the right side out last week on a local anesthetic. Extraction didn't hurt at all but wish they had given me some laughing gas or something bc the crunching noise was pretty gross. Both teeth had been erupted for a few years (but had cracked, hence extraction), so they weren't impacted or anything. Got one stitch where each tooth had been. These were nondissolvable - I just got them out today (no anesthetic needed, dont feel anything when they come out).

As for recovery, I was able to drive home because I was not sedated in any manner. Jaw hurt after the local wore off a few hrs later; felt like the morning after a bar fight. Took the pain meds and slept for 12 hours (had to wake up in the night to take more). Didn't touch the pain meds after that first night. Jaw was sore for 5 days and weird sensations in surrounding teeth and chin but no real pain. Hard to open mouth for the first few days which was annoying because I have a very talkative mother in law. Looked in mouth for the first time today after having stitiches out and gums look like nothing really happened - no hole, dent, nothing! I should also point out that I am a light smoker and snuck a few the dsay after surgery. Still no problems. Rinsed with salt water a lot!!


Subject: To those getting your wisdom

To those getting your wisdom teeth out, be careful not to chew on your cheek! Ugh I must have chewed on it while my face was numb because it is so incredibly swollen and pretty much mangled that I still can't close my mouth a the way. I got them out Friday and today is Monday. Face is still swollen and pretty sore.


Subject: My two back tooth removed

I got my two back teeth removed my dentist told me I can eat but it's a lil bit of food inside the gaps of my stitches


Subject: Wisdom Teeth

I had all 4 wisdom teeth removed July 31st (Friday). Surgery went smooth, didn't have to cut my gums or have stitches, so I thought I would recover easy/quick. Saturday was good. Sunday evening I had serious pain on the left lower jaw, teeth and neck, felt like my teeth were throbbing and going to explode. Tuesday I called my oral surgeons office and they said it was normal to have pain 3-4 days after surgery. Friday rolled around, I couldn't take the pain anymore so I went to my oral surgeons office and found out I had a dry socket. He cleaned it out and stuffed it with medicated gauze, the pain stopped, I never felt so relieved. Hope no one gets a dry socket!


Subject: wisdom teeth recovery

I just got my tooth pulled out last week the first day was very painful my jaw is still kind of swollen I been putting Ice pack to keep the swelling down I been talking Motrin for pain it helps a lot in I recommend anyone that get there tooth talking take someone with you to drive you home after being under anesthesia into not work for a couple days but I feel much better now glad that it's over . I pray for anyone that having it done have good recovery get a lot of rest


Subject: Time frame?

I'm getting all four teeth removed on Monday and I'm worried I won't be able to follow through with my plans on the following Saturday. I also have a huge event on the Monday after the surgery. Will I be able to do them? And just how long will my face look like a chipmunk with major swelling? (Minor swelling isn't so bad, my face is already round haha)


Subject: Day 5.. Ouch.

I had all 4 teeth removed Friday.. It is now Tuesday night and I fear I have over worked my jaw from times I was "feeling better".. This is the first morning I didn't wake up crying in unbearable pain but they taste and smell of saliva and everything that comes with it are making me get inpatient and a bit defeated. I know it's a common procedure but this pain and agony is taking it's toll. When will I see the light at the end of the tunnel? Why does everyone else seem to of had an easier time healing? Or am I just a big baby? The whole thing has just been a nightmare.. *wishing I was knocked out for a week straight rather than 45 min*


Subject: How long did it take you...

I read you had a similar surgery to me and very similar reaction. I had all four wisdoms pulled Friday and am still in so much pain. The tears come and go but I feel like such a baby compared to everyone else... How long did this last for you? When will I be normal again? Wishing I was knocked out for a week also...


Subject: hope all is well, I see you

hope all is well, I see you're getting them out today! I got mine out yesterday and my current fav thing to eat is green smoothies. I got organic tropical blend frozen fruit and I use a little of that, 4 holy basil leaves (they're absolutely delicious) 4 kale leaves and 4 spinach leaves with a little mango juice and blend it all up. I add some hemp protein for a little more added nutrients but you can use whey or whatever else or none at all. I've also been enjoying pudding, all natural sorbet, cottage cheese, applesauce with cinnamon and the occasional tomato soup. hope you feel well soon!


Subject: Wisdom teeth extraction

I've had my wisdom teeth removed and my extraction has my sinus cavity draining in my tooth. How long will it take for the hole to close?


Subject: I am going through the same

I am going through the same thing right now! It's driving me crazy! Monday will be 3 weeks of this! Doc says take decongestants and let the skin heal. Called today and he want to see me Monday. How did it turnout for you?


Subject: wisdom teeth

I got my wisdom teeth removed thursday at 10am and now its Saturday 4:51pm how much longer is swelling gonna last???

The Wingman

Subject: Wisdom teeth recovery

The first few days are going to be bad. I had 4 fully erupted, easy to remove teeth. I had all 4 of them removed in about 30 minutes. It was super quick, and the damage was minimal. I am on day 10, so my wounds are mostly healed, but there is still swelling and tightness in my jaws and sinuses. It gets a tiny bit better every day, but you should expect at least a couple of weeks of swelling, tightness, etc. The best source to ask for a definite answer would be your surgeon. He knows best about what exactly you went through, and the surgeon or his staff can tell you if what you are experienceing is normal or the sign of a more serious condition.

To answer your question though, you could have swelling for a few weeks. Be ready with the ice packs and eventually warm, damp heat.

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 I am familiar witht he ClearChoice Dental Implant Centers across the country, in particluar, the one in Overland Park, KS.  They are a "one stop" implant center.  The doctors there are at the top of their field, and an advantage is that you have all of the specialists that will be working with you in the same place.  That would have to make communication easier between doctors.  They usually offer seminars for patients and I think, offer free consultations, which is always worthwhile.

  If you chose to go the other way, some Prosthodontists will place and restore the implants themselves. In other cases, an Oral Surgeon or Periodontist will place the implant and a Prosthodontist or General Dentist restores it.   Fees can vary quite a bit from office to office and with the different options for restorative materials.  Some offer free consultations, for others, they charge a fee that might be applied to any future treatment in some cases.

The first step is to schedule a few consultations with different providers, which it sounds like you've already done.

The most important factors when deciding which practitioner to work with:
.1.  You should feel comfortable asking your doctor any questions so that you have a good understanding of the procedure itself, healing time and long-terem outcome, and possible complications.  Write down a list of questions and take them with you to the consultation.

2.  Ask about the experience of the practitioner. How many similiar procedures have they completed?  Have they had any major complications with any cases?  Ask to see photos if possible.

3..Figure out if it works out better for your schedule, to go to a "one stop" provider or to separate providers for the placement and the restoration of the implants.

4. Follow your instincts.  If you feel rushed, didn't get direct answers to your questions, didn't communicate well or had any other negative feelings, this probably isn't the doctor for you.

5. Consider insurance coverage and financing options.  If your dental plan covers implants and it is important to you to use a preferred provider, you will want to check your list.  Many times, insurance does not cover implants, or at least not all of the steps.  You may want to inquire about payment and financing options.

I hope this at least helps you feel a little less confused and a little more directed. Please don't hesitate to contact me if I can be of further help.
Beth L. Gehring,DDS, PC
816 NW Vesper
Blue Springs, Mo 64015
As a  Dentist, I am sorry to hear about your denture nightmare and I know how frustrating that can be.  I am surprised that your doctor wasn't willing to work with you on some type of solution.  A few options would be either remaking the dentures once more,  or offering to return some of the money and have you return the dentures.   Unfortunately, the doctor has put in a lot of their time and lab expenses, but the patient also  has time and money invested.  You might try sending a letter re-explaining the problems you hand and offering an acceptible and fair solution.  Be sure to keep a copy of it and any correspondence you receive from the Dental Office.  In the event that you don't get anywhere, you have documentation of the problem. 

At any point in the process, did they have you sign something saying you were happy with the denture set up?  Some practitioners will document the patient's acceptance at the try-in appointment, before the denture is processed.  At that time, changes in tooth arrangement, size and color can be made with minimal lab expense. 

If the letter doesn't get you anywhere, you might try going to the governing body of the dental profession in your area.  I am a dentist in Blue Springs, Missouri, USA.  Here, we have the Missouri Dental Board  (or the Dental Division of the Missouri Department of Professional Registration.)  This is the entity that licenses us to perform our professional duties in our state.  They often have a process to file complaints against a provider if you were unable to resolve the problem yourself.   After your complaint is received, they will contact the doctor to get their side of the story, then try to mediate a solution between the two parties.  

As far as a new set of dentures, you might seek out the services of a Prosthodontist (specializes in dentures and removable appliances - extra training and certification beyond general dentistry) or go to a local dental school.  The students are supervised and checked off at each step by professionals.  Most dental schools also treat patients through their faculty practices, and you can often get the services of a specialist at a lower price. 

I hope this information is helpful to your situation, and I wish you well. 

Beth Gehring, DDS
816 NW Vesper
Blue Springs, MO  64015  USA
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