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How do I know if my wound is healing after wisdom tooth extraction?

Dental Wisdom Teeth

I have just had my wisdom tooth removed 5 days ago. However, I am worried that it is not healing well as I see a 'hole'. As of now, it does not hurt. How do I know if my wound is healing after wisdom tooth extraction, as I have read about dry sockets after tooth extraction? Please advise, thank you!

DOCTOR’S ANSWER (1)

When wisdom teeth are taken out, minimal wound closure ie gums merging together to close the socket hole usually takes about 2 weeks. 

Signs and symptoms that the socket is not healing includes 

1. Pain - dull ache that does not decrease or increases over the next few days

2. Bad taste / smell - usually a sign of a dry socket if this starts only 3 -5 days after the wisdom tooth has been taken out 

3. Swelling / bruising - usually dissipates in 1 - 2 weeks but if it stagnates then it is best to consult with your dentist 

Tips to help with wisdom teeth healing include 

1. Ice pack on the side of the surgery 

2. Avoid smoking / alcohol 

3. Rinse thoroughly after meals (only 24 hours after the surgery) 

4. Eat on the other side during recovery period 

5. Drink lots of water 

Hope this helps and wishing you a speedy recovery! 

Warm regards, 

Dr Beth 


Dr Beth Seow
BDS (Hons)

Wong Ong & Partners Dental Surgeons
39 ROBINSON ROAD
ROBINSON POINT
#17 - 02 Singapore 068911

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