After a wisdom tooth extraction, expect the recovery period to last anywhere from a few days to around a week, states WebMD. Proper care of the wound left from the extraction speeds recovery and prevents complications.
Stitches may or may not be needed after a wisdom tooth extraction. Those who do require stitches need to return to the dentist to have them removed after the surgery. Within the first few days after surgery, avoid smoking, using straws or other activities requiring suction, which can lead to a condition known as dry socket, according to WebMD. This can be very painful, and it slows the healing process. Regular rinsing with warm salt water the first day of surgery keeps the wound clean and speeds healing. Follow all care instructions provided by the dentist to ensure a speedy recovery.