Patient Comments: Wisdom Teeth - Recovery


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Comment from: Joe Schmo, 25-34 (Patient) Published: December 10

Wisdom teeth are the hardest teeth to extract. I had my upper wisdom teeth removed 3 years ago. No pain, and no medicines. It was beautiful. But I had to have my lower molars and wisdom teeth removed. And I'm starting to wish I was downing some muriatic acid. But I'm hanging in there, and you can too. Also, I switched to 500 mg Tylenol, and it has worked better than anything else. Ibuprofen works for headaches, Tylenol works for body and tooth aches.

Comment from: Paris, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 20

I am a 32 year old female and have felt some relief in reading the comments as I have tried to google what is wrong with me. It has been a week since the surgery for wisdom teeth extraction and my top teeth are fine but the bottom left that was horizontal has been the worst pain. It’s not really inside the mouth, it’s an unbearable pain from the back of the jaw to the front and I have been on pain killers nonstop and sometimes I need an ice pack. I’m seeing the surgeon tomorrow to find out what is happening.

Comment from: Plumluck08, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 26

I had all 4 wisdom teeth extracted. I am 46 years old so my oral surgeon said recovery would be slower. Day 1, 2, and 3 seemed like normal post operation pain. Percocet, ibuprofen and prednisolone would help until they wore off. Day 4 I started to have excruciating pain on the bottom 2, bottom jaw is throbbing, and front bottom teeth ache badly too. The Percocet doesn’t help now. I am not able to sleep, and feel feverish. Day 5 I saw the oral surgeon and he said it is not dry socket. I am on day 7 and I am still miserable.

Comment from: Ruby664ks, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 20

I had my 4 wisdom teeth pulled out last Wednesday and I'm still in pain. I hate it. It feels like it gets worse every day. The pain is worse at night, I wake up having to take pain pills. I have bad headaches and earaches, it is horrible; the worst experience of my life. Worse that my C-section, I swear.

Comment from: Clarina , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 08

Reading everyone comments was really helpful! I feel like I’m broken. I got my wisdom teeth out last Thursday morning and it’s now Wednesday night and I’m miserable. My top two were fully out when they were pulled and bottom two were part way out and right on the nerve on both sides. Top feels mostly good. Bottom kills and burns and my throat and ears kill and even my front teeth hurt. My sinuses and lymph nodes feel weird too. The first three days were good and now I’m miserable.

Comment from: Selena22, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 03

I’m still recovering from having my lower right side wisdom tooth extracted. It’s been 10 days and I’m still in pain and have to take pain killers every 4 hours, very unpleasant especially when trying to sleep. I am giving it another 2 days before I go back to the dentist, literally one of the worst experiences of my life!

Comment from: fern, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 02

It's now been 10 days since I had all four impacted wisdom teeth removed. I'm thankful the recovery has been mostly smooth. The right side of my face feels completely fine and normal. However there is still some pain on my lower left side and I have a slight earache. At first I was worried I had developed a dry socket, but the pain is not nearly as bad as it was right after surgery and it is easily manageable with Advil, so I think that area is just taking a bit longer to heal than the rest.

Comment from: ollie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 26

I am one month after having four wisdom teeth removed, two uppers which had broken through, and two lowers which were impacted and horizontal. Uppers seem fine. For the lowers, I have pain on one side if I don't take ibuprofen every four hours, and my tongue and jaw remain numb on the same side. This was the side with the most problematic tooth. Post-surgery was terrible, no pain relief until third dose of hydrocodone about 12 hours later. Thankfully I seem to be improving, but it is slow.

Comment from: Liz, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 19

It is 10 days since I was operated for the extraction of a bottom right wisdom tooth. I still feel pain. I can't sleep. The taste is terrible. I'm tired. I've been rinsing with mouth wash, salt and water, apple cider and water, and I've been washing my teeth. I can't take it anymore!

Comment from: sea kayaker, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: September 11

I had lower left wisdom tooth pulled 3 days ago. The pain is still severe and not helped much with oxycodone. Even opening my mouth produces more pain.


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Comment from: Bob, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 31

I had two lower and one upper wisdom teeth removed a week ago. No stitches were needed. I did have a bone splinter that was sticking out of my gum a couple days after, which they ended up snipping off below the soft tissue. I've been on 800 mg ibuprofen, since the initial surgery. I took hydrocodone for a couple days. The extraction site is still a little sore, but my lower front teeth hurt intensely, after about 4.5 hours after taking ibuprofen, which is unfortunate since it's a 6 hour dosage.

Comment from: Trebor62, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 21

I'm 55 year old male and had my right bottom wisdom tooth which was half and horizontal, taken out Tuesday. I had minimal bleeding and no pain the first day. It's now Sunday and the pain is unbearable. I want it to stop. I finished my hydrocodone yesterday and I'm taking 800 mg ibuprofen and it's not doing nothing. I'm also rinsing with salt water like I'm supposed to. I'm so hungry but when I try to eat it burns. I'm calling the dentist tomorrow, I am over this.

Comment from: Fi, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 07

I just had my bottom two wisdom teeth removed around 56 hours ago, and I'm feeling throbbing pain on both sides now. I initially didn't feel much pain on the day of the surgery, but I definitely bled a lot. I realized why I was bleeding so much later - I was switching my gauze every 20 to 30 minutes and I ended up dislodging my blood clot on the right side on the second day. I have to admit I was anxious that I would get a dry socket, and I still am, at least bleeding seems to have slowed.

Comment from: Selena, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 26

I had 4 wisdom teeth out, they were all impacted. It has been 7 days since I got them removed. I haven’t slept any of those nights. The pain is unbearable and the medication isn’t even helping. I also got dry socket which is excruciating pain. I’m just ready for all of this to be over with.

Comment from: Daniel, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 29

I had my lower right impacted wisdom tooth removed on Friday. It's now Tuesday and there is a lot less pain but still very uncomfortable. I am trying to eat healthy and keep the area as clean as I can. I have had a few cigarettes today unfortunately. I have been rinsing my mouth after each one. Feeling much better after 4 days but definitely not 100 percent.

Comment from: Auty, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

I had all 4 wisdom teeth pulled on Monday, May 14th. The top 2 were completely through the gums and weren't bothering me. The bottom 2 however were impacted and had come through the gums but were sitting horizontally. The bottom right was infected. Today is May 20th and I am still in so much pain on the bottom 2 spots. The top 2 are completely sealed up. The stiches came out of both my bottoms. I hope the pain stops soon. It is so bad I can't stand it. And I'm sick of all the soft food. I want meat!

Comment from: pass137, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 11

I had all four of my wisdom teeth removed three days ago with IV sedation. The pain has gotten more and more tolerable as time has passed, but I still am taking both ibuprofen and oxycodone. The hardest thing is remembering not to spit after rinsing with salt water. I think resting a lot and drinking tons of water has helped ease my recovery. I suggest getting the procedure done with at least 2 or 3 full days available for resting because the medicine makes you drowsy and only dulls the pain. It's better to be asleep than to deal with the aching (at least the first two days).

Comment from: T, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 10

I'm a 39 year old female, had all four wisdom teeth extracted. All four were under the gums, it has been 10 days and I'm still in pain. It is not so severe that I need a heavy pain killer, just throbs and is very irritating. I am ready to feel myself again.

Comment from: Grace, Female (Patient) Published: November 22

I'm in my late 40s and had four wisdom teeth surgically removed on Thursday the 10th November. The lower two were impacted and close to the nerve. These 2 required stitches. The upper two were straight forward, although one was close to the sinus area. I took a strong painkiller that night, which left me feeling quite ill. The following 3 days I took ibuprofen and felt no pain. I took paracetamol the next 3 days and still no pain. I am still only eating soft food and rinsing my mouth with salt water. I stopped taking medication and the pain came. The pain is on one side, starts at the back on one side, then moves along the jawline to the front of my mouth, then along the top teeth. When I take paracetamol, the pain stops after about 40 minutes, and then I feel ok for about 6 or 7 hours. I didn't expect to still be in pain 8 days after the procedure. I am glad that I don't have to take strong painkillers. The general physician has checked my mouth and there is no infection present. The swelling subsided within a few days and the bruising was mostly gone by a week. It looks like more soft food for me for a while.


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Comment from: Simone, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 22

Friday the 18th March my surgeon removed both my bottom impacted wisdom teeth. It is now Monday and I still look like a chipmunk! I don’t have any real pain, just pain from my swollen face and my mouth looks okay inside, but I’m getting fever and I don’t know why because I am on antibiotics.

Comment from: Owie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 22

I am 45, I had my wisdom teeth out on Friday. It's Monday now and I still feel awful. I am trying not to take the Vicodin anymore because it just makes me loopy, but I just feel bad all over. I have stomach ache, headache, nausea, fuzzy feeling in my head. My jaw and site of the extractions did hurt quite a bit but have subsided, but I still feel horrible. Don't wait until you're middle-aged to get them out. Do it while you're young and can recover faster.

Comment from: 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 07

I had my wisdom tooth extracted on 30th November and today it is the 5th day and the pain seems to be less. I am having antibiotics and pain killers. As my dental surgeon was good, hopefully I shall recover within next 2 or 3 days. It is tough taking good food from one side, being a food lover.

Comment from: whats goin on, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 24

I had two top and one bottom wisdom teeth removed on 9/16/2015 and now it is 11/20/2015 and I'm still on pain killers for the side that had two removed. I've seen my surgeon and he still says it is healing fine. I don't think so.

Comment from: VS, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 22

I took penicillin for about 1 week, eating soft food and rinsing with salt water. My wisdom teeth surgery recovery was over within 2 weeks.

Comment from: Judy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 01

I thought I was losing my mind. I had one wisdom tooth extracted over a week ago and it still hurts. The side of my mouth where the extraction was, is very painful, slowly subsiding. The lower jawbone, upper jawbone and surrounding teeth all hurt. I followed the steps for after care, even rinsing with warm salty water. Nothing seemed to help. I went back to my dentist and he treated me for a dry socket and gave me antibiotics too. It is still painful and I am still having to take pain medicine. Besides dealing with the pain, I have dealt with the feeling that others think I should not be hurting after this long time. I am tired of hurting and want it to stop.

Comment from: yad, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 30

It has been 8 days since I had my lower left wisdom tooth taken out and I've finished my antibiotic metronidazole and it's still painful. Soreness of my inner cheek was nasty too though that has healed. Hope to be better soon!

Comment from: Krystyna , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 01

I have had extraction done my bottom left wisdom tooth 3 days ago and it’s still painful. Every 2 or 3 hours I have been taking paracetamol/ibuprofen and still can’t sleep at night. Very difficult, very.

Comment from: Bector, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 16

I had mine removed and needed a stronger antibiotic. They changed me from penicillin to clindamycin, a big mistake. A few days into the antibiotic, I became very weak and had horrible diarrhea, gas and bloating. It turns out I had pseudomembranous colitis. The recovery from that was 2 to 3 weeks long and very scary.

Published: July 31

Surprisingly, I am feeling great. I got mine removed at 8 a.m. yesterday, and the bleeding stopped really soon and my is face is barely swollen. I also did the saltwater rinse this morning (didn't even hurt), and I tried brushing my teeth to get a lot of the bacteria out. Anyways, I stopped taking Vicodin and I'm only using the ibuprofen (working well).

Comment from: Jimmy H, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: December 06

I had my wisdom teeth pulled Friday and now it’s Thursday and I can’t sleep at night. I’m terribly sore and I want it to stop! My pills are not even helping.


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Comment from: Precious, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 23

I can't take it anymore, extracted a wisdom tooth this morning and the pain is severe.

Comment from: (:, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 17

i had my wisdom teeth pulled on july 3rd. its now july 17th and im still in pain. my jaw, all my other teeth and up in my ear ache so bad.

Comment from: OUCH, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 25

I had two pulled and two cut out. The ones I had pulled I had minimal pain that was tolerable without meds. The two I got surgically removed are still painful 72 hours later. Percocet isn't doing much for me at all.

Comment from: adjrbens, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 13

I had almost no recovery time needed when I had my wisdom teeth extracted. Two were impacted and the oral surgeon did a great job. There was also very little pain involved in the extractions themselves.