My wisdom teeth surgery — how I healed over 3 weeks

I had wisdom teeth surgery in mid-March 2013. I consider myself blessed because it was my first ever surgery.

Both my lower wisdom teeth had grown in almost horizontally. This never really bothered me since they didn’t cause me pain, but the time finally came when they had to go.

I’d gone in for a dental x-ray review that revealed a tiny ‘shadow’ on the molar that my bottom left wisdom tooth was pressed against. If left untreated, my dentist said I could lose both my bottom wisdom tooth AND the molar. So the decision was made — I had to remove the wisdom tooth asap.

This really bummed me out because I’d been against ever removing them ever since I’d read that wisdom teeth lie along our energy/meridian pathways (see extract from the Complete Reiki Handbook below on Google books).

I didn’t actually know if this meridian thing was true or not, but I would’ve rather not muck things up in my body unnecessarily just in case.

But seeing as I didn’t have much choice after my x-ray, I decided to accept that I’d have to have an extraction and deal with it as best I could.

Only my lower left tooth showed decay on the x-rays, but I could easily imagine the right having the same issue in future. You can see why in my x-ray (left). My almost horizontal wisdom teeth had created very hard-to-reach gaps where small pieces of food like to lodge themselves. Brushing them out was always a challenge.

I didn’t want to have to go for the procedure twice so I decided to remove both my lower wisdom teeth at one time.

Before my surgery

My surgery was scheduled at 1pm, and I’d been told to make sure to have lunch beforehand. I’d already read up a bit about the recovery process so I knew I had to eat because I wouldn’t be able to have solid food for a while.

My goal was to heal from my surgery well. I made sure to take extra Vitamin C (about 5 grams) that morning. I had the fresh juice of 4 carrots, 2 apples and bit of ginger. This is my usual cup of juice that I have almost every morning. When I got a bit hungry later that same morning, I had tuna with some bread for lunch. I figured tuna would have good fats (omega 3) and provide me with enough energy.

I wasn’t very concerned about being hungry initially. From my past experience of being under the weather and recovering from illness/injuries, I knew that I wouldn’t have much of an appetite anyway. Rest would be more important as my gums healed.

I made one big mistake though. About an hour before my surgery, I had a turmeric drink, thinking this would help stave off any possible infections and reduce gum inflammation after surgery. My turmeric drink was simple but powerful — about a teaspoon of turmeric powder and some freshly-ground black pepper in a bit of hot water (black pepper is for the piperine it contains, which makes the curcumin in turmeric more easily absorbed by the body).

Unfortunately, taking turmeric might have been the reason why I bled for so much and for longer than expected after my surgery. Hindsight is 20/20 as I later remembered that turmeric is a blood thinner and has anti-clotting properties. Oh well… live and learn, right?

How my surgery went — a bad case of the nerves and lots of blood…

All in all, I was lucky because I had an excellent dentist and nurse. My dentist sat me down and spoke to me about the procedure, showing me diagrams and my x-ray. She might have done this for purely legal reasons, but I appreciated her patience in answering my questions and her thoroughness nonetheless.

The downside is that I got very anxious after she described what she would be doing to my gums. I knew there would have to be an incision to get to my teeth, but I’d imagined a single incision on the top of my gums.

I was very wrong. What she described would happen was so much worse.

She said that she would cut my gums open at the sides and bring them down to expose my teeth/bone in order to get the teeth out (because of the way mine were positioned). A diagram showed me that there would be flaps of my gums lying flat at the sides once the incisions were made. Unfortunately, seeing that freaky diagram put me in a state of internal panic.

I admitted to them that I was feeling very nervous, but I tried my best to breathe deeply and keep myself calm. I asked if I could listen to music because I didn’t want to hear my teeth breaking (which would probably make me even more anxious). My dentist said this was fine.

Once I was in the chair, with my headphones plugged in, she leaned over to inject my gums with a local anaesthetic. I was shaking quite visibly at that point (so much for my deep breathing!).

But my nurse was very kind — she rubbed my arms and told me to take deep breaths. The injections hurt, but the pain wasn’t too bad. I was more disturbed by the size of the needle and the depth at which they appeared to be going into my gums (I could feel it going in more and more).

She injected both my left and right lower gums at the same time. My lips and chin tingled before becoming quite numb. After the injections, she tested my gums by poking down on them with a lot of force to make sure there was no feeling at all. I had some residual feeling on one side (like the prick of a needle), so she gave me a few more injections until it was completely numb.

[Note: It’s been proven that women respond more poorly to anaesthesia than men. Good doctors/anaesthetians should already know this and will be able to respond appropriately. So if you’re a woman and you’re slated for surgery, don’t be shy about asking for more local anaesthetic if you need it. The pain you feel is not in your head and there’s nothing wrong with your body or its responses. ]

After the injections, my trembling gradually subsided until they went away completely. I was relieved because this was not only very embarassing to me (I’m a grown-up afterall!), but I also didn’t want my fear/anxiety to bleed through to my dentist and affect her concentration. I wanted her to do the best she could. Going by my past experience, I’ve found that when I’m calm and happy, other people are as well.

Before she made the first incision, my dentist told me that anytime I was uncomfortable or in pain, I should raise my left hand and she would stop. She actually reminded me this a few times throughout the whole surgery. While I didn’t have to ask her to stop once, her words really calmed me and made me feel that I was in safe and caring hands.

It took about 45 minutes for her to finish each side.

This included:

  • cutting my gums open
  • drilling and breaking my jawbone (to reach my teeth)
  • drilling my teeth (to break them into smaller pieces)
  • extracting the broken pieces
  • and the final stitching of my gums back up

Yes, I know all these sound absolutely horrific, but please don’t let it scare you. Mine was a special case because of how badly my teeth were positioned. Most people’s wisdom teeth surgery are a lot less complicated.

After the surgery, she sat me down and told me about the correct aftercare. She said that because she had to remove some jawbone on both sides to access my wisdom teeth, my surgery was more traumatic than usual, and that I could expect a lot of swelling. She then put some gauze over my gums and told me to bite down.

At the end of the visit, I thanked her by scribbling on a piece of paper (since I couldn’t talk at all).

A friend of mine walked me home after. I wasn’t groggy since it was just local anesthetic, but I felt quite tired and sleepy nonetheless, presumably from the blood loss. Apparently, she said I’d bled a lot during the surgery (likely due to the turmeric I’d ingested pre-surgery).

Once I was home, I had to keep the gauze on and bite down on it, with checks every half hour. I was told that if the gauze was soaked in blood, I had to replace it with fresh gauze and wait another 30 minutes. I could only stop using it once the bleeding had reduced to a small spot on the white gauze. It took me about 6 hours to get the bleeding to slow enough. Suffice it to say, I will never take turmeric before surgery ever again.

This process alone was exhausting because all I wanted to do was lie down and rest, but couldn’t because my mouth was still numb from the anaesthetic (I couldn’t swallow well), and my gums kept filling my mouth with blood.

To top it off, my mouth was propped open due to the gauze. Let’s just say there was a lot of blood and drool that day.

A lot.

The days after my wisdom teeth surgery — no painkillers!

As I slowly recovered from my surgery, the most surprising thing wasn’t the pain, but how exhausted I was all day.

I spent most of the first three days either sleeping or just lying in bed. A few times, I got lightheaded walking to the kitchen and had to stagger back to bed before I fell. I stayed at home for the first few days because of this.

I could also only open my mouth a little — any wider than a finger’s width and everything would hurt. My gums, my jaw, and some facial muscles. Before that, I’d never really thought much about the muscles in my face and jaw.

I chose not to take any painkillers at all beyond the few that I took during the day of my surgery. I’m not a fan of painkillers or pharmaceuticals, and I was worried about how they’d affect my overall health.

So things hurt, but strangely enough, I found that I could tolerate the pain in my gums and jaw better than I could ever tolerate a headache (which for some reason automatically turns me into a whiny baby).

The pain was also helpful because it prevented me from overdoing anything. If I couldn’t feel that something was causing me pain, I might unknowingly injure or stress the area.

I had some external swelling around my jaw, but not much. I still looked about the same. While there were also no visible bruises on my face or neck, the flesh around my jaw, cheeks and upper neck were sore to the slightest touch. I had to wash and dry those areas with a very gentle touch.

Since I could only open my mouth a little, I kept my mouth clean with warm saltwater rinses. And I stuck to soft liquid foods and supplements for nutrition until I’d healed enough to chew.

What I ate and drank

  • Soft-boiled and runny eggs, topped with 1-2 tablespoons of melted butter (good fats are essential to healing and I started feeling much better after adding the butter)
  • Green barley powder dissolved in cool water
  • Glucose powder in water (not my choice, but I drank this anyway because my dad bought it for me. I think he was afraid I’d waste away. I love my dad 🙂 )
  • Soy pudding and soy milk (high in protein and very filling)
  • Fresh fruit/vegetable juices of mostly carrots and apples (after my 1st glass of this, I was thirsting for more. I think my body knows it needed the vitamins. )
  • Vitamin C powder (~30 grams a day) dissolved in cool water ***
  • Magnesium chloride supplements
  • Homemade iced chocolate (A *very* bad idea. I only had this once because even though it was delicious, I really regretted drinking it. The milk in this gave me phlegm almost immediately, which is a sign of inflammation and not something you’d want when trying to heal. It was also very hard and painful for me to brush my tongue thoroughly since I couldn’t open my mouth still at that point, so I had to tolerate that horrible, sour milk aftertaste, which I not only dislike but associate with bacteria breeding. This made me anxious that I was going to get my gums infected. It was sooo not worth what little pleasure it gave me. )

*** About my high-dose Vitamin C intake: I take 3-5 grams of Vitamin C a day and I’ve learnt that my bowel tolerance limit is anywhere between 5 to 10 grams. The fact that I can take 30 grams of Vitamin C a day after my wisdom teeth surgery without reaching my bowel tolerance limit shows that my body was really using it up! If you’re interested in learning more about titrating Vitamin C, this is an excellent page (Table 1 shows that the usual tolerance dosage after surgery is 25-150 grams).

The appearance of white tissue (or granulation tissue) on Day 4

I had more strength and energy by the 4th day.

On the 4th day, I also got very worried that there was food stuck at the healing site because of a bad taste in my mouth that kept coming back even with repeated saltwater rinses.

So I got a small torch, opened my mouth as big as I could and looked at my gums properly for the first time after my extraction in a mirror.

(Note: I’ve made this picture as small as possible as who wants to see inside another person’s mouth? Click only if you want to see the full-sized image.)

Bruising and white granulation tissue after my wisdom teeth surgery

I was glad I did that because it didn’t look as bad as the horror I had been picturing in my mind. I could see the black stitches and the red bruising at the back of my gums that indicate where my two lower wisdom teeth had been.

There was also some soft white thing on both sides, roped around, above and under the black stitches. I thought it might be food, but nudging it softly with a Q-tip showed me that they were quite firmly stuck there.

I later found out that this was white tissue (or granulation tissue) and is a good sign that healing is taking place. This granulation tissue contains blood vessels, fibroblasts, and chronic inflammatory cells, and will eventually develop into a “collagen plug”. This white tissue eventually disappeared and transformed into healthy, pink flesh.

Trismus: muscle tightness and jaw stiffness that lasted two weeks

While I was lucky and didn’t have any permanent nerve damage from my wisdom teeth surgery, I developed trismus.

I could only open my mouth slightly — just wide enough to fit one finger in between my teeth (and I have bony fingers).

Trismus felt like my jaw joint and muscles were “caught” at one point and refused to move further. Trying to force it open even a little proved incredibly painful.

I thought some gentle stretching would help loosen the catch, so I started gently stretching and moving my jaw every day.

On the 5th day, I was smiling and laughing again. It still hurt a little to do so, but it felt like a breakthrough to me. I’m a naturally smiley person, so it felt really good to be back to feeling like myself again. I also noticed that whenever I smiled, I can feel my cheek and jaw muscles temporarily relax for some reason.

On the 6th day, I still had trismus, but I could talk normally again. I could also sing along to music again. Singing along to music not only exercised my jaw naturally, but really lifted my spirits and made me feel like I was getting better.

One week after my surgery, I was scheduled to go back to the dentist to get my stitches removed. I’d called ahead to let them know that I couldn’t open my mouth fully yet, but the nurse said to come in anyway for a review. In the end, my dentist managed to get the stitches out with some difficulty.

I also asked her about my jaw stiffness and she said that it was normal and probably due to internal muscle damage and bruising, and that it would get better as the damage repairs itself over time.

She was right. I also kept stretching my jaw after I got the stitches out, a little bit each time I ate. It hurt to do it, but I could open my jaw fully about two weeks after my surgery (woo hoo!).

Oddly enough, the rest of my lower teeth hurt for three weeks

After my wisdom teeth were extracted, the rest of my teeth felt very sore for about 3 weeks. I was most aware of this whenever I was lying down in bed. It was a dull, pulsing throb — as if my heart was beating in my lower gums.

I had no clue why my other teeth would hurt when it was only my lower wisdom teeth that were pulled out.

But apparently this is normal and is either caused by nerve injury at the wisdom teeth site that has extended to the rest of the gums and/or the shifting of the rest of the teeth now that the wisdom teeth “supports” have been removed.

My gum and teeth soreness went away after about three weeks.

Rapid weight loss (kind of expected)

I lost a little over 5 pounds (2.4 kg) the first week alone. This wasn’t surprising since I was eating maybe 500 calories a day and was on a mostly liquid diet.

I know that some of it was also due to water loss and dehydration. Eventhough I was drinking water everyday, I had to make an effort to remember to do so and it was much less than what I’d normally drink naturally throughout the day.

But I wasn’t too worried because this kind of sudden weight loss is usually temporary. I knew that I’d gain back the weight once I started eating normally again. And I did, but it took a while because my stomach had shrunk quite a bit from my very limited diet during the week after my surgery.

When I went back to eating regular, solid meals, just a small amount of food would be enough to make me full. I didn’t force the issue though, I just ate smaller meals more frequently until I eventually could eat my normal portions again.

If you’re headed for your own wisdom teeth surgery, I do hope it won’t be as complicated as mine was. And if it is, that’s okay too — you’ll be just fine.

The end 🙂

51 Replies to “My wisdom teeth surgery — how I healed over 3 weeks”

  1. I am glad I read this! I had a lower wisdom extracted 3 days ago and today it’s so painful! More painful than the first and second day. My ear and jaw are so so sore! I looked inside my mouth and see there’s white discharge or coating around the hole. I didn’t get stitches, instead I have a gaping hole in which you can see down the side of my cheek- icky! I’m glad to know that the White stuff is normal. I’m highly paranoid about getting dry socket. I’ve been saltwater rinsing religiously.

    1. Hi Mel, I was freaked out by the white coating too, until I found out what it was 🙂

      Take care and I hope you have a speedy recovery!

  2. I had fun reading in my wisdom tooth recovery too right now.but the dentist took out my wisdom tooth less than 15minute. And i have the same tooth position xray as yours. I was shock after the it consider as minor surgery?Cause they charge me quite expensive.

    1. Hi gerl, mine was quite expensive also, but luckily it was covered by insurance. It was considered to be impacted (obstructed) wisdom tooth surgery, and they had a standard price per tooth. That could be why yours was pricey also. I think dentists charge per tooth rather than by the time it takes to complete the job.

      But it sounds like you were quite lucky, I wish mine had taken 15 minutes! It would have been much less traumatic.

    2. Yea. Minor oral surgery (MOS). Usually on impacted wisdom teeth they will do MOS instead of common extraction. Extraction only for vertically straight normal grown teeth.

  3. Your post comforts me! I have ALOT of granulation tissue. It’s quite gross. I got my wisdom teeth (all four) out about 6 days ago. I was wondering how long did it take for the granulation tissue to turn pink?! Mine won’t turn pink and it smells weird. It leaves a terrible taste in my mouth and I can barely eat cause there is so much.

    Did yours leave a bad taste in your mouth?!


    1. Hi jessica

      Oh wow, kudos to you for taking all 4 out at the same time! It gets better, though I know it really sucks now.

      It took some time (1-2 weeks if I recall) for my granulation tissue to turn pink and it happened quite gradually.

      I had a bad taste in my mouth that I thought was from food and not being able to brush hard the way I normally do — I didn’t attribute it to the granulation tissue so I don’t know if that was the cause. But if it was, it’s probably not something to worry about. Just watch out for inflammation or signs of an infection.

      I can tell you that frequent saltwater rinses helped me a lot. You could give it a try. It’ll take away some of the bad taste and help your gums focus on healing instead of battling germs.

      Hope that helps.


  4. Thanks for sharing, I had a 25 min surgery yesterday to remove a tooth that cracked almost 9 months ago. I couldn’t chew on my right side without sharp pain. Sound crazy ,yes ; I had no dental insurance so I had to manage, this ordeal thought me how to chew on one side of my mouth to avoid pain. I initially though the surgery for was my right lower wisdom tooth ; but my doctor said it wasn’t. It turn out my wisdom tooth is below my gum line like your tooth. The area where my gum was cut and stitched has the white color to it 24 hrs after surgery. I though it was infected since I didn’t take the amoxicillin, instead I took garlic pill (2 every 2 hrs 1000mg) ; which is a natural antibiotics with no side affects. I also found out is good for lowering bad cholesterol. I went to work the day after surgery, which gave me a slight headache and mouth pain but nothing major yet. Thanks for the peace of mind, and for reading.

    1. Hi Rich, that’s amazing that you can go back to work so quickly. I feel like a total wuss now 🙂

      And just in case you ever have tooth pain again in future, I can recommend trying castor oil. I’ve actually had a hole on the side of one of my molars for a long time and it used to give me such horrible pain (an “exposed nerve” type of feeling, which is the worst). But believe it or not, the pain goes away within a few minutes of pressing a castor-oiled soaked piece of gauze over it. I tuck it between my inner cheek and the tooth it stays quite firmly there.

  5. Hello! I had my left side done and it’s been about 3 weeks. So, with that being said, Should the stitches still be there?
    The tooth was on its side and had to get to it through the jaw bone. I had no pain. Crazy as this sounds ,no pain. I only had a tiny bit of pain sporadically that I can only guess would be a bit of nerve pain but that was well after the procedure.

    1. Hi Tess, wow no pain — you’re lucky 🙂

      About the stitches, I had to be scheduled to get mine removed so they were the regular kind of stitches. But some dentists use dissolvable stitches, so you should check with yours on what he used and what you can expect. Dissolvable stitches can sometimes take months to dissolve.

  6. I had 13,of my top teeth removed about 1.5 weeks ago and I’m no longer in pain. I (while running my tounge around my mouth) found a spot that feels like my cheek is fused to my gum. I don’t even know if that is possible, but it hurts to touch, ive been doing the salt water rinses thinking it might loosen it up but haven’t had that luck. Anyone know what it could be from or why it would be happening? Getting ahold of my oral surgeon is near impossible or I’d call and ask them.

    1. Hi Cate, I couldn’t understand the first part of your comment. Assuming there’s a typo there somewhere and that you had your wisdom teeth removed?

      Have you tried looking at the area with a torch to see what’s happening? I had to have stitches to close up the big holes left with my extractions, and I remember that after surgery, it did seem as though that area was “fused” with the cheek tissue next to it in the beginning (when it was all inflamed and sore). The entire area also felt very “tight”, but this all gradually got better and loosened up as I healed. It took time though.

      It might be that this is just how the stitches are done. You can google pictures of “wisdom teeth stitches” and compare them to how yours look — it might ease your mind a bit.

  7. Omg I’m so glad I read this! I’m on my 5th day of having all 4 of my wisdom teeth removed. Most traumatic experience ever. I had a very sever panic attack before and during the procrss of being put under. (At my place they give you a general anesthetic so you’ll “sleep” during the process) But I also noticed the white stuff and was worried that somehow it got infected. Glad it didn’t and the pain level has decreased greatly. The first 3 days were the worst. I also had swelling and bruising on the outside of my face. So it look like I had lost a fight lol. Good to know that it’s only part of the healing process.

  8. Thanks for detailing your recovery.

    You wrote in a reply that your gums were sutured closed after the extraction. Upon removing the stitches a week later, did the gum over the socket open up again..leaving a hole with rough edges ? I have read about the deep holes and how food has to be squirted out but I thought if they have been sutured closed, the holes can be avoided . My stitches were removed at 2 weeks post surgery.


    1. Hi Lillie, you’re very welcome. After my stitches came out, there were no holes and nothing “opened up” again later. I assume the sockets had closed up on their own, helped by the stitches. Both sides look and feel smooth, with no evidence of empty sockets.

      p.s: I actually didn’t know there can be deep holes left after wisdom teeth removal. I’m really glad I managed to avoid that!

    2. I had the hole too after the stitches were removed. I think it’s quite normal as the giant whole wisdom tooth is gone and the suture just to keep the bleeding mimimal and blood clotting better and prevent food trap in it and get awful infection.

  9. I’ve had my lower left wisdom tooth (impacted) removed 4 days ago, I had sutures put in as my gum needed to be cut, 2 days ago I had it cleaned and a brown medicated gauze put in and now all I can see next to part of my stitches is brown and green goo almost, I have no pain so don’t think it’s infected or dry socket but wanted to know if this is normal for healing over the extraction site?

    Any help would be appreciated

    1. Hi Sonia, I don’t know what the “green goo” could be — is it still there? I would suggest calling your dentist, they see lots of cases so I’m sure they can advise you on what that could be and put your mind at ease.

  10. Thank god I found your post!
    I have my lower wisdom teeth extraction operation next week and the oral surgeon will remove them both surgically and I’m so scared.

    Both of my teeth are partially impacted and are little bit toward my cheeks so my situation isn’t that bad I guess? But I guess they’ll need to remove some of the gum and bone? I just hope I’m not getting any panic attacks during my operation but I know that this oral surgeon is really good so I should be in good hands and he should get those teeth out within little bit over an hour. I just don’t understand how that is possible 😀

    But the point was that your post gave me some courage! 🙂

    1. Hi Johanna, I know just how you feel. I think some fear and anxiety is normal — just know that it’ll all be over soon 🙂

      Good luck!


      1. I survived it. The oral surgeon took just one tooth out and I’m glad he did because I was bleeding like hell. Thank god I got it under control and didn’t have to go back to check that out.

        I’m tired because I only slept like two hours last night and my cheek is swollen ofcourse. The pain is not that bad. Got some good painkillers and antibiotics.

        Hopefully everything is going to be fine after a week or two.

        1. I’m glad to hear that you made it out okay, Johanna. Rest well and deeply in the coming days. I’m sure you’ll have a good recovery ?

  11. Love this! Thank you for a good read. I had all 4 of my impacted (growing the opposite way to yours in the xray) wisdom taking out 5 days ago under general anaesthetic because of how much bone they had to take away ?. All in all they said a hour and a half… I was in theater 3 hours because one of the machine broke! Everything you have said is spot on! I had a local anaesthetic when I come round too because they said it would help with the pain and remember thinking wow that’s going in very deep! (it did for a hour). I am still in pain with my jaw and my other teeth are aching like mad! My main pain is my swelling, I think once that goes down the rest will subside too, Also the back of my neck but I’m thinking that’s from being lay there for 3 hours with my neck back and jaw open. I also have a numbness/tingling on the left hand side on my tongue! Hoping tomorrow I feel better, as easy day comes I feel better and better and looking forward to seeing how much weight I have lost in the process haha! 1 more day till I’m back at work so fingers crossed I will be well enough and the dizziness will subside! Good luck to everyone who is going to have any out, it isn’t pleasant but think of the benefits in the long run 🙂

  12. Glad that I found this detailed experience that you have shared. I got my lower right wisdom tooth removed a week ago. I am experiencing jaw and tongue stiffness.Just hoping it’s not nerve damage. And the pulse throb kind of feeling is really uncomfortable 🙁

  13. Ahh thank you for this post! I can currently about 53 hours post wisdom tooth extraction. Luckily I only needed my top right one out! I was freaking out about the white stuff that is forming, but I feel reassured that it is not dry socket!
    I was wondering what did you eat starting on the 3rd day?? And when did you progress to solid foods? Because I want to eat more I have been quite upset with my variation of foods but I am scared of having food stuck in there.. when is it safe to eat solid foods? What kinds of solid foods would be good to eat on like the 3rd-4th day?

    1. Hi Fiona, if you feel ready to eat solid food, you should just go for it.

      I took much longer to eat solid food because I had 2 teeth out at the same time and one on either side. Since you only took one out from the right side, you could try chewing solid food using your left. It’ll be somewhat awkward and slower than normal to eat that way, but it can be done and would help you avoid getting anything stuck in the right.

  14. Is it possible for bone to be exposed from a cut when getting an X-ray in the back It feels like razor blades!Will it heal by itself .Im really mad at how rough the tech was!!

  15. Hi thanks so much for this post I was just wondering if granulated tissue can form inside the socket? I had my lower left and right Wisdom teeth removed they were both erupted almost all the way poked through the gum expect small parts of the tooth. I’m so paranoid about getting dry socket.!

    1. Hmmm my holes eventually closed up so I assume there must be tissue growth in the socket, but whether or not it was granulated tissue I really don’t know. I don’t think it matters as long as the holes close up. How are your gums feeling and looking now?

  16. Hi! Nice post about your journey. I just had my wisdom tooth surgery 6 days ago and it took 3 hours, yes 3 hours. It had a very tight relationship with my jaw and didn’t want to part easily 🙂 Doctor said I would be very swollen given the trauma and also bruised. They also scheduled me for a second day visit to drain the blood to not be “sooo bruised”. I got home, anesthetic was gone and there was no pain, a slight discomfort but that was it. However, I took the pills that she gave (some very powerful pain killer, Arcoxia). Second day came and …no swelling and no bruises. Called her back and I told her who I am and she said immediately “and you must be very swollen by now”, haha, “no, not at all”. So even though it was such a difficult surgery the recovery was without problems. Not to forget to say that I sat these days with dry socket fear.

    On 8th day I will go to get my stitches out and the question I have for you is if after the stitches will be removed I will have a hole there or the gum will be closed? Right now it looks close to me but I don’t know. Were you left with a hole? My white tissue was visible on the third day and gone on the fourth.

    1. That’s great that your recovery went so well 🙂

      When my stitches were removed, the area was still pretty sore, tender and fleshy, but the holes seemed to have closed up. I didn’t poke around to find out for sure. Eventually, as it healed more, that area smoothed out completely and no holes are visible. You can’t tell that any tooth was pulled out from there just by looking at it.

  17. Glad I found this post! Had my two wisdom teeth taken out last Saturday: one was impacted, while the other one was not (but it has to be extracted because it’s “useless”).

    I was also paranoid about dry sockets so I went back to the dentist to check the white stuff in my mouth. I felt relieved when he told me that these were granulation tissue. Yey!

    I’m still in the process of recovering. I’ll have my stitches removed this weekend (though one thread already fell out after brushing my teeth).

    I just want you to know that this post is really helpful. 🙂 It’s also amazing that you had 4 teeth removed at the same time. I wanted to do that so that the ordeal will be over soon, but my dentist advised against it. I’ll have my right wisdom teeth removed when my left side is completely healed.

    1. Hi Anisah, good to hear that you’re recovering well! I think it’s smart to do one side at a time. You’ll have an easier time eating and drinking (not like me!).

  18. Hiya it’s 2 weeks since I had my teeth no pain just little twinges here and there xx I had that medicated brown gauze put in 5 days ago becuase there was a tiny hole and then disolved last night while I was a sleep, do you think it will be healed now I’m scared to eat today lol x

  19. I had 1 hr 15 min surgery for impacted lower wisdom tooth on 02/01/2017. Doctor said that it was complicated case. He gave me amoxicillin (500 mg *3). For first two day I took pain killer within every 4 hour. From today I am taking after almost 12 hour. Swelling is here till now. I took sick leave form my work for this week. I am also seeing a white spot on stitch area. I rinse with salt water but it is not going. I thought that I got dry socket. After reading this I am getting some confidence. I am planning to see my doctor once on Friday as my antibiotic course is going to end on Saturday.

  20. It is 9 days since molar tooth extraction and white stuff is lumpy not smooth is this normal. Looks like 4 places touching each other. Not food. Small amt red clot on right Side socket. Using salt rinses. Is lumpy white forming normal it fills socket. Thank you.

  21. Thanks for sharing your experience, wish I’d seen it earlier!. Had just one of my wisdom teeth removed, though i felt severe pain in the area of extraction, i started eating the following day. It’s past 2 weeks now, no further pain but, I’m having this feeling that my breath smells due to the sweet/salty and slimy taste from the region of extraction and I can’t ask anyone around me; I’m far from my family and friends. Is there possibility of bad breath after extraction?

    1. Hi Benard, a bad taste or bad breath seem to be fairly common after extractions. If you’re worried about it being due to food lodged in the site, you can try flushing it out with a needle-less syringe filled with saltwater (by pointing the syringe into the gap). Saltwater mouth rinses could also be helpful as salt inhibits bacterial growth. Avoid using mouthwash as that contains alcohol, which is drying and will delay healing. Most mouthwashes also contain sugar or sugar substitutes, which can feed bacteria.

      I think the bad taste you’re experiencing should resolve on its own with time and as the area heals completely. But if you notice pain, swelling or redness on the site (sometimes accompanied with fever), it could point to an infection there, in which case, you should see your dentist.

      Hope that helps and let me know how you get on!


  22. Samantha, I just wanted to tell you that I found your story to be both interesting and informative. Also, it was very well written. Anyways, recently I had two teeth pulled (one being my wisdom tooth) and I was worried about the white tissue (which I also thought was pieces of food stuck in my gums.) So, needless to say, I just wanted to thank you for sharing your experience. You should keep writing!

    1. Hi Will, thank you for your kind words. It truly means a lot.

      I’ve stopped publishing new posts ever since a few years ago when my dad got very sick. He passed away about two years ago. It’s been hard to say the least (and still is despite the time passing). But I’ve recently started to write again — slowly and cautiously — and hopefully one day I’ll see fit to publish something new.

      I’m very glad my story helped you. Thanks again and be well!


  23. I can’t thank you enough for writing this blog ! I have the exact same white bubble or sac on one side of my mouth and I didn’t have any pain so I was completely confused of whether it was puss or if healthy healing but after seeing a picture I think I’m OK.

  24. I wish I found this before my surgery! I had all of my 4 wisdom teeth removed and was so scared. My experience was identical to yours it made me laugh reading it because I experienced every bit of it from the tiredness to the freaking out thinking food is stuck in the holes! Thanks for sharing it’s nice to know I’m not the only one who experienced everything I’ve been going through for the past 10 days 🙂

  25. Hi Sam, I’m so glad I stumbled upon this. I cried throughout this whole story of yours. Mostly cause I now have hope I’ll get better soon. It’s been 5 days since I got 3 of my wisdom teeth removed and a molar that had been impacted by the wisdom tooth 😩
    My second day I was a drooling bleeding monster. 3rd and 4th day were my worst pain days 5th day today I decided to look in the mirror and saw i was healing a bit with that white skin I got scared but your post made me more confident that everything will be okay. I still need to find out how to deal with the swelling and lock jaw i have. But I’ll take it slowly. Thank you Sam 💕

    1. You’re very welcome, Sheena 🙂

      It’s good that you’re taking it slow. Have plenty of rest. If you have trismus like I did, mine went away completely after around 2 weeks. It was a gradual improvement, day by day. I’m sure yours will resolve with time too.

      Best of luck,


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