Dentist Questions Wisdom Tooth Extraction

How long is the recovery for a wisdom tooth extraction?

I'm getting my wisdom teeth removed soon, and I'm not really excited for it. I took off for work the day of, but now my dentist thinks I should take the day after the procedure off as well. Is this really necessary? Typically, how long is the recovery time after a wisdom tooth extraction?

13 Answers


The recovery for a wisdom tooth extraction varies from person to person. But you can start seeing symptoms of recovery starting at two weeks. Typically, the recovery runs from 2-4 weeks.

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It depends on the degree of impaction, and everyone is different. Typically it would be only 2-3 days, and if your regular dentist is doing the extractions, it may be because they are more simple (which is good for you!).
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Every person heals differently. But if you have it on a Friday and weekends are off is the best.
The time for recovery can vary from person to person depending upon a variety of factors. For most people days two through four tend to be the worst timeframe for swelling and pain. Typically after day for symptoms start to improve .
That depends on how difficult the teeth are or the degree of impactions of the teeth and who is doing the surgery. If you have an Oral Surgeon remove them with I.V. anesthesia with I.V. pain medications and steroids and your doctor is utilizing PRF (platelet rich plasma) as we do, recovery is often only a few days of being uncomfortable. The time of recovery varies from patient to patient, however it usually is 3-5 days.
Your doctor is right. It may take longer to recover, it depends from impaction, could be a week or longer
This varies on many things including health, current medications, age, oral hygeinie, compliance with post-op instructions, and activity level. Many people are capable of going back to work the next day. I recommend avoiding any physical exertion for 48 hours. Typically days 1-3 will be the worst and you will slowly heal for up to 10 days. This can take longer depending on how the surgery went and if there were or were not complications.
Recovery time depends on how drastic the surgery is to remove your wisdom tooth, your age, and your habits (e.g., smoking). I would listen to the advice of your dentist. Schedule the extra day off. You will look like a hero at work if you don't need it!
Depends upon how difficult the extraction was. Simple extractions take a day or two to heal, but surgical removals can take longer. It is important to follow your doctors instructions exactly and avoid smoking or excessive rinsing of the site

There is no definite answer. Sometimes it will be sore and the patient is fine by that night. Other times, a patient can be out for several days. It really depends on how intense the surgery to remove the tooth was and each patient's pain threshold and healing ability.

Owen M. Waldman, DMD
Great question. Typically the peak of bruising, swelling and discomfort is 3-5 days and in most people, they feel quite good after the first week although this can vary. Each wisdom tooth case is unique depending on whether the teeth are already fully erupted vs fully or partially impacted, with impactions taking longer to heal. Your medical history also makes a difference as healthy and younger individuals generally heal quicker vs people with medical conditions such as diabetes will experience delayed healing. Generally teeth with less fully developed roots will also heal more quickly. In other words, there is a lot of variables and your dentist can best advise you based on your age, medical condition and extent of your impactions. In general, I tell my patients to expect the worst of it over the first 3-5 days and generally improving over the first week and to consider having that period off work.
Peek pain and swelling usually 3-4 days post-op, but that all depends on the difficulty of your teeth, how you heal, and the doctor.
It varies, but 3 to 5 days is about right to plan your schedule.