Wisdom teeth recovery: it is not as bad as you think!

wisdom teeth

Your wisdom teeth usually come through in your late teens or early twenties. 


Unfortunately for all of us, wisdom teeth usually come through when your mouth is already full of other teeth!


Typically people do not have enough room in their mouth to accommodate four extra wisdom teeth. When wisdom teeth come in, other teeth shift, causing toothaches, pain, and issues with the other teeth.


Wisdom teeth removal 

Usually wisdom teeth coming in cause issues resulting in the need to have them removed. After assessing your wisdom teeth, the local family dentists in Penrith will advise the best way to deal with the wisdom teeth. If they remove the wisdom teeth, IV sedation may be recommended.


Wisdom teeth recovery

It may take up to two weeks to fully recover from a wisdom teeth removal. The day after your surgery, you may resume normal activities and eat soft foods, but you should avoid activities, such as:

  • Smoking
  • Spitting
  • Drinking through a straw 


Bleeding, pain, and some swelling is normal after a wisdom tooth removal. If you experience excessive bleeding or pain, call your dentist.


Home care tips for your wisdom tooth removal

To heal as quickly as possible, your Penrith dentist will give you instructions to follow:

  • Rinsing with saltwater
  • Dabbing the wound with gauze 
  • Not brushing, rinsing or flossing for a day after the surgery


As part of your home care, your Penrith dentist may prescribe antibiotics to prevent infections or over-the-counter medications to reduce pain and discomfort. Ice packs may be used to reduce swelling. 


Gentle wisdom tooth removal procedures

Wisdom teeth removal is done often by the experienced and gentle dental team at Tindale Dental Centre. Our process is to assess and advise each patient on what to expect during surgery and the wisdom teeth recovery process. 


For stress-free wisdom teeth removals or other tooth extractions, contact the gentle dental team at Tindale Dental Centre in Penrith on (02) 4756 5400.