Wisdom tooth removal can be painful, but the level of pain varies from person to person. Some people experience only mild discomfort, while others may have more severe pain. The pain is usually worse in the first few days after surgery and gradually subsides over time.

There are a few things you can do to help manage the pain after wisdom tooth removal, such as:

  • Taking over-the-counter pain medication, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
  • Applying a cold compress to the affected area.
  • Eating soft foods that are easy to chew.
  • Avoiding strenuous activity.

If the pain is severe, you may need to take prescription pain medication. Your dentist or oral surgeon can prescribe the right medication for you.

In some cases, wisdom tooth removal can lead to complications, such as infection or dry socket. If you experience any of these complications, be sure to see your dentist or oral surgeon right away.

Here are some additional tips to help you recover from wisdom tooth removal:

  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol.
  • Brush your teeth and rinse your mouth regularly.
  • Follow your dentist’s instructions carefully.

With proper care, most people make a full recovery from wisdom tooth removal within a few days.