Many people forget that wisdom teeth extraction is a surgical procedure. This means that there are certain symptoms that can be expected after such a procedure, and it’s important to know what you may potentially experience in your own recovery from the wisdom teeth removal. One of the more common after-effects of extraction is throat pain.
Not everyone experiences the same symptoms after wisdom teeth removal for various reasons. If you are anticipating a wisdom teeth removal surgery or you have already undergone surgery, it is quite important that you familiarize yourself with ways to ensure a healthy recovery. In this article, we will discuss why many patients experience throat pain after wisdom teeth removal surgery, how to take the best care of yourself possible after surgery, and red flags to look out for that indicate you should speak with your dentist or physician right away.
Common Recovery Symptoms After Wisdom Teeth Removal Surgery
Recovery after wisdom teeth extraction is usually a simple process; however, there are some symptoms that are to be expected, and other symptoms that may be a cause for concern. It is important to keep in mind that every individual’s healing process looks different, so you may experience some of these symptoms to varying degrees. If you are concerned at all, it is best to remain in constant contact with your dentist or healthcare provider. Here are some symptoms that are typical and that you may experience after your surgery:
Of course you will experience some degree of pain after any surgical procedure. Since there are many nerve endings in the area, wisdom teeth removal can be quite painful; however, the pain should subside significantly as you heal and shouldn’t last for more than several days. Throat pain is common after surgery, particularly if the teeth were impacted, or you underwent anesthesia. You should take pain medication as directed by your doctor to help make your recovery more comfortable.
After your surgery, the site of extraction will likely continue to bleed for several hours or may continue for several days but should lessen significantly over time. It is important to remain in an upright position as often as possible until the bleeding subsides. You should also change gauze padding regularly – at least once an hour. It is important to refrain from smoking or drinking out of a straw until your dentist or doctor say it’s okay to do so. To minimize excessive blood flow, you should not engage in rigorous activity.
This is one of the most common symptoms after wisdom teeth extraction. The amount of swelling experienced is usually directly related to the severity of the surgical procedure. For instance, if the teeth are impacted, the surgical procedure will be more invasive, thereby producing more swelling. However, not all individuals experience the same amount of swelling. Swelling is normal and can be helped with pain medications approved by your dentist as well as using ice packs on the area.
Symptoms that Indicate You Should Seek Medical Care
Taking care of yourself post-surgery is critical, as it can determine whether further medical attention is needed or not. It important that you be aware of the red flags after surgery so you can contact your doctor if necessary. Here are a few symptoms you should look out for:
- Persistent numbness
- Fainting or light-headedness
- Raised body temperature for extended period of time
- Persistent throat pain (past 3 days)
- Torn sutures
- Increase rather than decrease in pain over course of recovery
- Pain in the ear
If you experience any of the aforementioned symptoms after your wisdom teeth extraction surgery, it is critical to get in touch with your medical provider to ensure your health and safe recovery.
How We Can Help
Here at the Dental Group of Simi Valley family practice, we have been treating individuals and families in the area of Simi Valley, CA since 1963. Wisdom teeth extraction is a surgical procedure that requires skill and attentive after-care, and we make it our mission to help patients recover smoothly. If you would like to speak with a professional or schedule a consultation, please feel free to call one of our helpful associates – we look forward to enhancing your dental care.