How soon can I return to school or work after my wisdom tooth extraction?

wisdom teeth ChicagoWhen wisdom teeth removal is recommended, patients want to know what to expect after the surgery. Although it is an outpatient procedure, the removal of these third molars does require a certain amount of time for recovery. The timing of returning to school or work is a top concern for many patients.

Most patients can go back to the classroom or the office in 3-4 days, unless complications develop or your case is particularly difficult. Your oral surgeon can give you a more specific estimate of when you can resume your normal routine. You may need to ease back into some activities a little more slowly. For example, you may be able to return to an office job in 2-3 days but unable to resume vigorous exercise for several more days.

In order to maximize your chances of an uneventful recovery, it’s important to closely follow the post-operative instructions that your oral surgeon provided. For example, drinking through straws after your wisdom teeth are removed increases your risk of developing a painful condition known as dry sockets. So, you should avoid drinking straws until the surgeon advises you that you can safely use them again. Smoking also increases your risk of complications, so give up that habit at least until your healing is complete (and ideally forever!) 

In order to maximize your chances of an uneventful recovery, it’s important to closely follow the post-operative instructions that your oral surgeon provided.

Take any prescribed medications, such as painkillers and prophylactic antibiotics, as directed, and follow the oral surgeon’s recommendations on alterations to your diet, such as eating softer foods for the first few days. You should also use appropriate cleaning techniques as instructed to limit the bacteria in the area and keep your mouth clean in general after the surgery.

It’s also important for the patient to know the signs of post-surgical complications so that follow-up care can be obtained when necessary. Excessive bleeding, fever or persistent swelling all may indicate a problem that warrants professional attention. The surgical team will give you a list of such symptoms to monitor.

When preparing for wisdom tooth extraction, be sure that you understand your surgeon’s instructions on what to do after the procedure, including when you can return to work or school. Our team of specialists at ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio can answer any questions you may have about this process. Call our office at 312-328-9000 today to schedule your visit.