FAQ about Wisdom Teeth Removal & Recovery

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FAQ about Wisdom Teeth Removal & Recovery

Q1: How likely is it that I will need to have my wisdom teeth removed?

A1: About 35% of the population is actually born without wisdom teeth. But if you have wisdom teeth, there is about an 85% chance you will need to have them removed. Many wisdom teeth are misaligned or even impacted (trapped beneath the bone and gum area). These misaligned or impacted teeth may cause damage to adjacent teeth, the jawbone, or even nerves in the mouth and jaw area. If possible, it is best to get your wisdom teeth removed while you are young, before the teeth are fully developed and while the bone is less dense.

Q2: How are wisdom teeth removed?

A2: This depends on how developed the teeth are and where they are positioned. Some wisdom teeth that have broken through the gum tissue may be removed like any other tooth. An impacted tooth, however, might require an incision into the gum tissue and then removal of the portion of the bone just above the tooth. For your comfort, in-office IV (Intravenous) anesthesia is available in our patient-centered oral surgery center. This type of anesthesia involves medications given to the patient through a vein for deep sedation. It also provides quick sedation, total relaxation, and rapid recovery.

Q3: What can I expect after wisdom teeth removal?

A3: Healing time is generally quick as long as the patient follows the oral surgeon’s directions post-surgery. Wisdom tooth removal is a common oral surgery, so complications are few and rare. After wisdom tooth extraction patients may experience some bleeding from the tooth socket during the first 24 hours and facial swelling for the first few days.

Q4: What can I do to help my recovery go more smoothly?

A4: It is important to follow all of your post-surgery instructions. Use clean gauze as needed to help stop any bleeding from the tooth socket. It is also helpful to apply an ice pack to areas of facial swelling. Follow your post-surgery instructions about what to eat/drink, typically liquids and soft foods are best for a few days. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or sucking anything through a straw. Remember to take antibiotics or other medications as prescribed. It’s ok to brush your teeth just be careful near the extracted teeth when brushing.

Dr. Dan can answer any wisdom teeth questions you might have during a consultation at Great Plains OMS. Schedule an appointment with us today, and we'll help you figure out the next steps!

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