Dentist Questions Gum pain

How can I make my gums heal faster?

I am a 27 year old female. My gums are sore after having a wisdom tooth removed. What can I do? How can I make my gums heal faster?

16 Answers

You can’t
Keep the area clean with a mild medicated antiseptic rinse like chlorhexidine .12%. Use a syringe so you can shoot it back there.

Make sure to keep food out of there and you will heal quickly.
Rinse with salt water 2x a day, keep the operative site clean, and follow up with your dentist or oral surgeon if pain persists longer than a couple weeks.
Usually your gums can take up to 6 months to heal.
In truth while you might delay healing with some activity or product, there is really no way to make hard or soft tissue heal faster than mother nature allows or dictates. Gentle rinsing with warm salt water after an appropriate amount of time has past to establish a blood clot can help keep the surgical area clean and reduce irritation. Removing debris (food, plaque, etc.) with a very soft brush can also be soothing and keep local inflammation down. We suggest using an infant's tooth brush and the operative word is gentle.
There are two types of wounds to consider too. If a tooth that is "erupted" or exposed is removed the tooth socket must heal by filling in and growing epithelial cells over the space. This is referred to as healing by secondary intention and it will take longer to heal than a tooth that has been be exposed by "laying a flap" of tissue that can then be sutured (stitched) closed. The edges of the surgical wound are brought together and touch each other. The epithelial cells then grow across the incision space relatively rapidly. This is referred to as healing by primary intention. As a child you likely skinned your knee at one time or another. The scab took some time to eventually flake off. That is an example of secondary intention as the cells had to grow all the way across the skinned knee. You also likely cut your self and even with out stitches the edges of the cut approximated each other and the injury healed much faster. That is an example of healing by primary intention.
Finally, while the question was specifically about making "gums heal faster," we must recognize that any time a tooth is removed there is a bone injury that will take additional time to heal whether "exposed" or covered by soft tissue. Some tenderness may persist during this bone healing despite soft tissue (gums) being comfortable.
You should heal fairly quickly and notice daily improvement. Best way to assist healing is to get plenty of sleep, do not smoke and eat a healthy diet. 
Rinse with warm water and salt several times a day and gradually make the water warmer.
Salt water rinses 4 times daily and time will heal your gums.
Normally your gums shouldn't be sore but if you mean the gum around the extraction? See your dentist or oral surgeon for a follow-up. Pre-treatment smoking, insufficient rest or stress increases risk for complications.

The good news is you are young so healing should be quicker (assuming you are a healthy individual). Warm salt water rinses can help healing and make sure you keep the healing sites nice and clean to avoid inflammation/irritation. Make sure you follow your provider’s post op instructions carefully and attend your follow up appointment.
Hope this helps!

Best Regards,

Andrew Adly, DDS

It usually takes 7-10 days for the gums to partially close up and heal following an extraction. However, for the gums to fully heal it takes 6-8 weeks. Following an extraction one should not spit, rinse, smoke or use a straw for 24 hours. I recommend my patients to rinse with warm salt water a few times a day starting 24-48 hours after an extraction. Just keep the area clean, and allow the healing process to take place. You may also take Motrin or Ibuprofen, which reduces swelling and therefore allows healing to commence.
Unfortunately you can’t make your gums heal faster but we can make the healing process more comfortable. Try a salt water rinse every night for a week. That should help!

To help your gums heal faster, rinse with warm salt water two or three times a day. However, it will take about 4 to 6 weeks to completely heal after a wisdom tooth extraction.
Warm salt water rinses help, and if you have turmeric available, mix that with the warm salt water! Make sure the water is not hot, though.
Follow the post op instructions given by your dentist or oral surgeon. Take pain medication as prescribed.
It is hard for patients to believe that rinsing your mouth with warm salt water several times a day especially after eating will help your mouth feel better. Rinsing one or two times a day is not enough. Rinse your mouth as many times as you can. This will help you heal.