If you just have had your wisdom teeth extracted, you may be having ache and soreness in your throat after your surgery. But is it normal to expect a sore throat after your wisdom tooth extraction, or is it a symptom of something worse? Get more insights from the experts at Vintage Oral Surgery.

Is a sore throat after wisdom tooth extractions normal?

If your throat is sore after a recent wisdom tooth extraction, you don’t need to worry and panic. This is absolutely normal. Sore throats after wisdom teeth removals are caused by sore and inflamed muscles near the surgical area. This is a common post-surgery complication in many patients who have one or more wisdom teeth extracted. Usually, you will be relieved from the sore throat pain within a few days, usually 3, after your wisdom teeth are extracted.

You may also feel soreness and tenderness, or stiffness in your jaw. This is also caused by swollen facial and jaw muscles. Apply a moist hot pack to the jaw to help relieve the pain and discomfort.

Getting rid of a sore throat

You must be wondering how to get rid of a sore throat after wisdom teeth removal?

It’s in your interest to rinse your mouth and gargle with salt water. Just add ½ teaspoon of salt into warm water and gargle. This will help ease your throat and also kill bad bacteria in your mouth.

However, be very careful. If your tooth was removed less than 24-48 hours ago, do not spit forcefully after gargling. Forceful spitting could dislodge your blood clot, causing a “dry socket.” This condition could disturb proper healing and cause you a lot of pain and discomfort.

What if the throat pain is lasting more than a few days?

If it’s been over three days since your wisdom teeth were extracted and your throat still feels very sore, or the pain is getting severe, you may want to contact the team at vintage Oral Surgery. This is not normal, so you should immediately get help.

The same applies to any oral pain and after your wisdom teeth are removed. Aches and pains should peak within 2-3 days, and then begin to alleviate until your mouth is fully healed. If you feel a severe pain that persists for more than 3-5 days, you may want to get an instant consultation with your dentist.

Things you should and shouldn’t expect after wisdom teeth removal

Whether you have already had your wisdom tooth extracted or are waiting for removal, it’s important to know what to expect while recovering. For more information about extraction aftercare or to schedule a consultation, give us a call at (281) 800 8852.