Wisdom tooth removal surgery is a common dental procedure used to extract teeth from the third set of molars, called your “wisdom teeth.” It is an outpatient procedure sometimes performed under mild anesthesia. Not everyone has wisdom teeth, but most people have one to four that usually come in between the ages of 17 and 25. The teeth can often become impacted, meaning there is not enough room for them to break through the skin and emerge.
Process and Recovery
The surgery should take around 45 minutes. With anesthesia, you shouldn’t feel any pain and may experience what some describe as “twilight sleep.”
You should wear loose, comfortable clothes for the procedure. If you’re getting intravenous (IV) anesthesia, wear a shirt with short sleeves or sleeves you can easily roll up. You won’t need to change into anything for the surgery. The dentist will provide gauze for you to take home to bite down on to help blood clot in the area.
Stitches are used to close the wound. In most cases dissolvable stitches are used so that they don’t need to be removed.
Recovery from a wisdom tooth extraction takes around six weeks, but you can usually return to work or school within 1-3 days. Pain can be treated with over-the-counter drugs like Tylenol or Advil. Alcohol should be avoided for at least 48 hours, and smoking should be stopped until the wound is fully healed.
After surgery, you may feel groggy and swollen. You may not feel pain, or you may feel pain immediately, everyone is different.
What to expect after surgery?
First 24-48 hours after surgery:
- Avoid rinsing your mouth vigorously or drinking through a straw.
- Don’t drink alcohol or use mouthwash with alcohol.
- Avoid brushing your teeth next to the extraction site.
- Pain, bleeding, and swelling are normal for several days following the surgery
- No exercise or activity that increases your heart rate
When to Call Your Dentist
- High fever with chills
- Worsening swelling of the gum or face
- Pain that doesn’t improve with medication
- A pus-like discharge from the wound
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