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A 32-year-old member asked:

How long after a wisdom teeth extraction does pain and swelling die down?

4 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
3-4 days: Depends on severity and your home care in most cases. 2-3 is not uncommon but if you had all removed surgically it could be a couple days more. Keep icing, cleaning and take precautions and you are instructed by your provider. Good luck.
Dr. Scott Harwood
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 46 years experience
Varies: This varies from case to case based upon the difficulty of the extraction, skill of the surgeon and whether it was infected or not. Also the patients pain tolerance can influence it. Generally speaking 3-7 days.
Dr. James Hargan
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 24 years experience
About day 4: Usually around day 4 after surgery, swelling should be going down and pain becoming less and less acute, more just soreness. It varies a lot from person to person, and depends a great deal on how difficult your surgery was.
Dr. James Wright
Dentistry 34 years experience
Can Vary Greatly: So much in dental treatment depends on the patient, their pain tolerance as well as the type of extraction, ie; bony, or ankylosed. A surgeon's skill, touch & the way they do a surgery. Great hands with a patient who follows all of the home care directions can lead to a very positive result with very little pain. With all the variables, pain could be minimal or could last weeks. Meds can help.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

I'm wondering how long does wisdom teeth extraction swelling last?

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Dr. Peter Karsant
Dentistry 40 years experience
Swelling: Using ice 20 min on and 20 min off for the first three days after removal and sleeping at 45 degrees (four firm pillows) for the first three days helps prevent any swelling. Swelling should last about a week or less if it occurs.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What to do if I have pain from wisdom teeth extraction, how long will it last?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 55 years experience
It varies, call DDS: The dentist who removed your wisdom is responsible for supplying you with oral and\or written instructions and your aftercare. You should call and ask them any questions that you have. Specific instructions may vary from office to office and is case specific.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Normally, how long would the pain from wisdom teeth extraction last?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sal Aragona
Dentistry 42 years experience
Premedication: Premedication starting a day before wisdom teeth extractions with a mild steroid (decadron) and an anti-inflammatory (motrin) will do wonders at keeping swelling and pain under control after the procedure. Review this with your treating dentist.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How do I prepare for wisdom teeth extraction pain?

5 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 29 years experience
Get pain meds..: Probably the best thing for now is to go to your dentist and/or see your doctor to find out what pain meds. You can have during and after the procedure. For yourself, simple pain meds., like aspirin, tylenol, (acetaminophen) or advil may also help..

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