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Dental extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons. Tooth decay that has destroyed enough tooth structure to prevent restoration is the most frequent indication for extraction of teeth. Other indications are related to impacted or problematic wisdom teeth and also to make space for orthodontic treatment in some particular cases.
You are likely to experience some pain, discomfort and swelling after getting your wisdom teeth pulled. You will need to be careful to not disturb the blood clots while your gums heal. For a few days, you should not consume alcohol, soda, hot beverages including coffee or solid foods. Dr. Robin Kutner and Dr. Laurel Linetsky-Fleisher may also suggest you don’t brush your teeth for the first couple of days following the procedure. Most experts will tell you that it takes three to four days to recover, but for some people, recovery may take an entire week. The time needed for recovery will depend largely on how badly the teeth might have been impacted and just how they were trying to erupt.
There are a few things you can do to help recovery go smoothly. When you know you are going to have wisdom teeth extracted, plan on taking a few days off to take it easy. In most cases, normal activities can be resumed the day following the procedure, but care needs to be taken for about a week to ensure the blood clots do not become dislodged.