After Extraction of Wisdom Teeth

In most cases, the removal of wisdom teeth is performed under local anesthesia, laughing gas (nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia), or general anesthesia. These options, as well as the surgical risks, will be discussed with you before the procedure is performed. Once the teeth are removed, the gum is sutured.  To help control bleeding, bite down on the gauze placed in your mouth.  After the procedure, our assistants will review the post-operative instructions with your escort.  You will rest under our supervision in the office until you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge, your post-operative kit will include the post-operative instructions, a prescription for pain medication, antibiotics, and a follow-up appointment in one week.  If you have any questions, please call our office.  

What will I feel like after wisdom teeth removal surgery?

On the first day after the wisdom teeth are removed,  you may experience some minor bleeding and discomfort.  Each patient’s reaction to surgery varies, and the sensation of pain can range from mild discomfort to severe pain. Some swelling can be expected following the surgery.  You can limit the amount of swelling  by using ice for the entire first day. 

You will want to limit your activities for a few days. We ask that you follow your post-operative instructions closely. Please allow time for your body to begin healing before resuming active social, academic, or athletic schedules.  Most patients feel that they are on their way to recovery in 3 to 5 days.

Are there any problems after the extraction of wisdom teeth?

A dry socket is the most common complication that patients experience following dental surgery, due to the premature loss of a blood clot in the empty tooth socket.  This usually occurs in the lower jaw on the third to fifth day and causes a deep, dull, continuous aching on the affected side.  Patients may first notice the pain starting in the ear and radiating down towards the chin.  Sometimes a medicated dressing is placed for pain control.  If the medication is controlling the pain, the socket will heal without a dressing.