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How Long Is Recovery from Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

Recovery time from wisdom tooth extractionRecent events have brought a lot of attention to the question of how long it takes to recover after wisdom tooth extraction. Ariana Grande was scheduled to sing in the MLB All Star concert on July 11, but she pulled out at the last minute, ostensibly because her wisdom teeth had been pulled out the Monday before. Some people say this is just a cover story and Grande was really asked to leave because of the fracas surrounding her doughnut-licking dare and comments about America, because it shouldn’t take that long to recover from wisdom tooth extraction.

Most people will recover quickly from wisdom tooth extraction, but there are some circumstances in which recovery could take longer.

Normal Recovery from Wisdom Tooth Extraction

For most people, we recommend that you count on relaxing for the rest of the day after your wisdom tooth extraction. You will likely not feel like doing anything, and you shouldn’t engage in vigorous activity that can elevate your heartrate and result in more bleeding.

The next day, it’s okay to return to light activity. This can include work if you’re not experiencing a lot of discomfort (some don’t), and your work doesn’t require vigorous physical activity.

By the second or third day after your wisdom tooth extraction, most people can return to a full range of activities.

Complications That Grande Might Have Experienced

Based on the normal time frame, there’s no reason why Grande shouldn’t have been able to sing in the MLB All Star Concert. She could have returned to light practices on Tuesday, working up to a full practice by Thursday, which would give her time to prepare for Saturday Night’s concert.

However, she might have experienced some possible complications. If she had more discomfort than usual, it might have made it hard for her to practice, or she might have been using pain medications that made it hard for her to practice.

Another possibility is that she was experiencing excessive swelling. Swelling could have made it hard for her to sing, and it might have made her afraid she wasn’t going to look her best for one of her highest-profile performances.

Certainly, it’s possible that there was just enough sign of complications that the MLB decided it was best to go with a singer who was in full health.

Scheduling Your Wisdom Tooth Extraction

If you are in need of a wisdom tooth extraction, it’s best not to schedule it within a week of a major event. Although most people recover quickly, there’s always a risk that complications could arise, and it’s best not to put yourself at risk of ruining that event for you and for others.

If you would like to talk to a Columbus, OH dentist about scheduling your wisdom tooth extraction, please call the Center for Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at (614) 848-5001 today for an appointment.