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What is it like after a wisdom teeth removal?

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Everyone responds differently to anesthesia. If you had a local anesthetic and feel alert, you might be able to drive home to begin your recovery. You might even be able to go back to work or do your normal activities. If you had general anesthesia or still feel drowsy, you’ll need someone to drive you home.

Most people have little to no pain after surgery. You'll likely have swelling and mild discomfort for about 3 days. Your mouth may need a few weeks to completely heal.

Follow your doctor’s instructions for a quicker recovery.

SOURCES:

Richard E. Bauer III, DMD, MD, assistant professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Louis K. Rafetto, DMD, PA, vice president, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Wilmington, DE.

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons: “Wisdom Teeth Management”

Pennsylvania Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons: “Anesthesia”

Donald G. Rebhun, DMD: "Frequently Asked Questions.”

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 10, 2019

SOURCES:

Richard E. Bauer III, DMD, MD, assistant professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Louis K. Rafetto, DMD, PA, vice president, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Wilmington, DE.

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons: “Wisdom Teeth Management”

Pennsylvania Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons: “Anesthesia”

Donald G. Rebhun, DMD: "Frequently Asked Questions.”

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 10, 2019

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