Wisdom Tooth Removal

When to Remove Your Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are ideally removed when a patient is in their late teens or early twenties to achieve a simple extraction and short recovery time. This is because the bone surrounding each tooth is more malleable and the roots of their teeth have not fully formed. Avoiding an infection that may result from an impacted wisdom tooth is most likely at this age.

Wisdom teeth can become impacted due to limited room within the jaw, and an impacted wisdom tooth likely needs to be removed. When these teeth are not fully erupted, they are very difficult to clean. Infection, gum tenderness, swelling, or severe pain may develop if not extracted.

What to Expect During Your Procedure

Your dentist will first apply the preferred level of sedation to guarantee your comfort throughout the entire treatment. We offer our patients a range of sedation options that make wisdom teeth removal a pleasant experience.

Following this, a numbing agent will be applied to the wisdom tooth and surrounding area. Even if you choose not to use sedation, this step ensures you will not experience any pain during the procedure. Your dentist will then clear away the gum tissue so they can easily access the impacted tooth. A small piece of the bone covering the tooth may then need to be taken out at this step. Once the wisdom tooth is visible, your dentist will begin removing it using our surgical instruments. Your dentist will then clean the area and get rid of any leftover debris after the entire tooth is extracted. Self-dissolving stitches will then be used to close the incision and promote a fast recovery. You can expect your procedure to last less than one hour in total.

How Long Does it Take to Heal From a Wisdom Tooth Removal?

After your procedure, you should expect 2-3 days of minor discomfort that is easily managed with the use of prescribed painkillers. You will be able to return to your normal activity after about one week. Complete healing of the area takes several weeks, but with proper care, the process will not interfere with your daily routine. Your dentist will prescribe medication for pain and provide instructions on how to keep postoperative discomfort to a minimum. You can aid the healing process by:

  • Not smoking.
  • Drinking plenty of water.
  • Not drinking through a straw.
  • Eating a soft-food diet for the first 2-3 days.
  • Avoiding eating anything crunchy like chips, seeds, and hard candy.
  • Maintaining oral hygiene through daily brushing and flossing.