What to Expect During Surgery To Remove Your Wisdom Teeth

Surgery to remove wisdom teeth is relatively uneventful in most patients under 25 years of age. The frequency of complications is significantly reduced and recovery is shorter.

The actual length, complexity and type of surgical procedure required to remove your wisdom teeth will depend on several factors, including the position of the teeth; length and curvature of the roots; thickness of the bone surrounding the teeth; and so on. If the teeth have fully erupted, it may be possible to simply remove them intact from their sockets with instruments designed for this purpose. Partially or totally impacted wisdom teeth may require a more involved surgical procedure including removal of adjacent bone and, at times, sectioning of the teeth into smaller parts.

Modern anesthesia technology now makes it possible to perform even complex surgery in our office with little or no discomfort. Our doctors are specifically trained, licensed and experienced in the administration of local and intravenous anesthesia and the treatment of anxiety. Your doctor will discuss different anesthetic options and help you decide which is most appropriate for you.

On the day of surgery, you should arrive at our office on time and wear loose, comfortable clothing. If your surgery will require an intravenous anesthetic, be sure to follow all your doctor’s instructions on how to prepare for surgery including bringing a companion who can drive you home after the procedure.

Immediately following surgery you will rest for a time in our office. During this recovery time, your surgeon or his assistant will monitor your condition before permitting you to leave for home with your companion.

Before you leave our office you will receive specific instructions to follow over the next few days. You may be asked to modify your diet for a day or two and eat soft foods and drink fluids. Medication prescribed by your doctor will help alleviate any discomfort. In most cases, you will be able to resume normal activities within three to five days.