The general consensus in the dental world is that it takes several months to close up a wisdom tooth hole after your wisdom teeth have been removed. In some cases, it can take years before the hole completely closes up and disappears from view, but what causes this delay? And are there any steps you can take to help your wisdom teeth holes heal faster? Here’s what you need to know about the whole process of closing your wisdom teeth holes…
Wisdom tooth holes heal slowly
Wisdom teeth holes (where wisdom teeth used to be) can heal on their own, but only over a long period of time. As a result, infections and other complications may occur in and around that area of your mouth. This complication is called pericoronitis. The infection usually begins when bacteria from your mouth gets into an open wisdom tooth hole and invades your gum tissue. There is nothing you can do to get rid of it faster –– it will take several months for your gum tissue to fully heal from where the wisdom tooth was removed or broken off at its base under your gums.
What causes wisdom teeth holes to heal slowly?
While it’s possible for your wisdom teeth holes to heal slowly, you need to get medical advice before deciding on treatment. Wisdom teeth holes often take longer than expected to heal because they are a difficult area of your mouth to clean. Between your wisdom teeth and nearby gum tissue can harbor food particles and bacteria that won’t leave easily. It is important not to ignore front tooth filling as a serious problem: many people who suffer from advanced periodontal disease have poor oral hygiene when it comes to their wisdom teeth, leading them down a path toward more serious conditions like gum disease or even infection of their root system.
How can I speed up the healing process of my wisdom teeth hole?
If you’ve recently had your wisdom teeth removed, you may be wondering how to speed up the healing process. While wisdom teeth holes heal slowly on their own, there are a few things you can do to aid in that process. Diet is one of them, so it’s important to eat healthy foods like meats and eggs and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Keep your hands off your mouth for at least three days after surgery and avoid straining with bowel movements or coughing for at least two weeks following your surgery (do whatever works best for you). Using an ice pack can also help ease swelling during recovery. Don’t smoke, as it will prevent healing by keeping oxygen from reaching your gums. And refrain from drinking alcohol as well. It has no place near open wounds! Finally, take pain medication as directed by your dentist to keep discomfort to a minimum. These tips should make wisdom teeth hole healing go more smoothly.
Why are most patients in pain?
The reason your wisdom teeth don’t heal is because they have not been given a chance to. Wisdom teeth are almost always impacted (non-erupted) and will be for most people. Impacted wisdom teeth can remain that way for years if no intervention is done, so we recommend getting them removed as soon as possible after eruption. But let’s say you decide to wait…For most patients, waiting 6 months or more won’t affect their recovery at all, but everyone is different and there are exceptions. If you have chronic dry sockets or infections after having your wisdom teeth removed, it could be because you waited too long between surgery and starting oral care!
What can I do about the pain?
The most common wisdom teeth pain solution is to take a painkiller. There are three main categories of painkillers: aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and opioid analgesics. The latter are prescription only. If you have an underlying medical condition that prevents you from taking aspirin or NSAIDs, talk to your doctor about what to do next.