Wisdom Teeth

6 Simple Ways to Speed Up Wisdom Teeth Surgery Recovery

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Don’t do what this woman’s doing — keep your head elevated for at least three days!

The best way to recover from wisdom teeth surgery is to follow your oral surgeon’s instructions religiously.

Not following the oral surgeon’s orders can result in a painful recovery, including getting a dry socket.

But aide from the regular protocol for how to recover from wisdom teeth surgery, here are some little known ways to make the healing process a little faster and less painful.

1. Prevent Getting a Dry Socket

2. Keep Your Head Elevated for the First Three Days

When you sleep, keep your head elevated with lots of pillows so your upper body is close to a 45 degree angle – this will help you recover faster from wisdom teeth surgery because blood vessel tone and blood volume near the wound change when lying flat, which can make the wound throb.

3. Ice the Area of the Cheek Closest to the Extraction Site for the First Day

Never apply heat to this area.

4. Don’t Let Your Mouth Dry Out

If you breath through your mouth, use an oral cavity moisturizer.

5. Massage Your Masseter on Both Sides

To know where to massage your jaw joint, place your fingers just before the opening of each ear.

Massaging this area will help you recover faster from wisdom teeth surgery because the oral surgeon had your mouth wide open during the surgery, leading to myofacial pain and cramped or sore masseter muscles (one of your chewing muscles).

6. Drink Ice Cold Coconut Water Until You’re Able to Eat Soft Foods

Coconut water helps stabilize blood chemistry and electrolytes and helps to keep blood sugar stable while you’re not able to eat solid foods — all important to speeding up your recovery from wisdom teeth surgery.

Click here for a fantastic smoothie for recovering from wisdom teeth surgery that has coconut water in it as well as other ingredients that soothe the mouth and aid tissue rebuilding during recovery.

Mark Burhenne DDS

About Mark Burhenne DDS

Mark Burhenne DDS

Hi, I'm Dr. Mark Burhenne, family and sleep medicine dentist. Good dental health is good overall health. It's that important, and it's exactly why I created Ask the Dentist. Learn More »


  1. r says

    Thank you. I’m having mine taken out on Tuesday and the oral surgeon did not tell me any of this. Great post-op advice!

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  3. Libby says

    Tuesday Dec 2nd, I had my lower right wisdom tooth out. It was impacted with the roots near the nerve that traverses the jaw line, and the top pressed side ways into my next molar. I had dry socket starting on the 5th. Had it filled with medicated gauze for one day (7th-8th). On the 12th I had the idiotic idea that i should see how much it still hurts if i let the pain meds wear off completely…. BAD IDEA! On the 13th, I finally went out and bought clove oil (a god send). It is now the 16th and the gum looks healthy. As long as i use the clove oil every 4 hours there is little-no pain, but if I wait too long it’s back. I keep waking up in pain every night. Will the pain ever stop? I am so tired.

  4. Sarah says

    Hi there, I had my two lower, impacted wisdom teeth and top right removed on Dec 11th and have been having complications since. I was HORRIBLY swollen and in pain from the second day and that didn’t let up until very recently. I had an infection in the right lower and ended up getting dry socket in both, which I have been getting treatment for with medicated packing for a little over a week.

    The right seems to be doing much much better (getting the packing out today), but the left one hasn’t really improved much. The slightest disturbance feels like the gum is being ripped apart, and last night I looked at my mouth and there is weird white stuff on top of the gum. Is this an infection? Even with the packing in there? I thought the dry socket was healing since the pain has slowly gone away, but it’s back to feeling throbby and dull aches.

    I’m cleaning and rinsing as I was advised and my oral surgeon seems very nonchalant about everything. What should I look out for? What is this white stuff? Should I get any other procedures done (xray? scraping away dead tissue?) any help would be appreciated! I’m going crazy and have already lost 9 lbs in two weeks.

    Thanks! :)

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