Wisdom Teeth Removal: Know Before You Go

If you haven’t gotten your wisdom teeth out yet, then you have many things to consider. Most people need to have them removed, and it requires a specialist. Read to find out why and what to expect when you make the decision!

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So, your dentist says you need to undergo wisdom teeth removal and you’re feeling a little apprehensive. Here’s everything you need to know before you go in for surgery (and how to ensure a speedy recovery) so you can go into the process feeling prepared.

By the end of this post, you’ll know:

  • What to ask your dentist
  • What to expect during the procedure
  • What to expect in terms of pain
  • How to prevent a dry socket
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How Necessary Is Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Simply put, there isn’t enough room for wisdom teeth because our jaws don’t grow to be big enough to have enough space for them to come in. Since there isn’t enough room for them to erupt properly, wisdom teeth tend to come in at an angle or they don’t fully emerge, which causes problems for the rest of the mouth.

Third molars (the wisdom teeth) routinely damage the teeth right next door, called second molars. Dentists recommend removing wisdom teeth before they become a problem and to avoid a more complicated surgery.

In my practice, I see very few people who don’t need their wisdom teeth removed.

Why Don’t We Have Room for Wisdom Teeth?

Our jaws are smaller than they used to be. That’s not because of evolution — it’s because our modern diet lacks certain key nutrients that allow the jaw to develop properly.

One vitamin in particular, Vitamin K2, is responsible for letting the jaw develop by taking calcium in the body and putting it into the bones. Most people don’t grow up eating the kinds of food where you’d get Vitamin K2 — liver and organ meat as well as animal products from animals that eat grass (not grain or corn). The low-fat food craze of the 90s, as well as factory farming, have virtually obliterated Vitamin K2 from our diets.

That’s why, these days, an underdeveloped lower third of the face is so common that it has become the norm. Our ancestors and small tribes not eating the modern diet had great jaw development with room for all 32 teeth to come in straight.

So, how do you know if your jaw developed fully? It depends on your childhood. Eating raw, crunchy foods rich in the nutrients found in organ meats and grass-fed animal fats are what stimulate proper jaw development. Nowadays, childhood diets are heavy in soft, nutrient-poor foods like applesauce and Goldfish crackers. Bottlefeeding and sippy cups can also hinder proper jaw development. Our diets have gotten too soft and our jaws aren’t developing fully due to lack of use

Will I Need Mine Removed?

Try this right now: get a mirror and look at your bottom teeth. First, count how many of the big teeth you have at the back of your mouth—these are called molars. By age 12, you should see two molars in place. Wisdom teeth are your “third molars.”

To see if you have room for your wisdom teeth, put your finger behind either second molar. If you feel a flat pad of tissue, then you may have enough room! If you feel the tissue curving upwards, chances are you don’t have room for your wisdom teeth. Of course, this is a rough estimation and you’re going to need your oral surgeon to measure this space. This quick-and-dirty test is just to give you some idea of what your dentist is going to do to measure the space back there.

What to Ask at the Consultation:

  • Do all of my wisdom teeth need to be removed?
  • What are my options for anesthesia?
  • What complications do you expect to see during the procedure? What is the worst case scenario?
  • Compared to all of the other cases you have done, how does my case rank in terms of difficulty?
  • What are the risks of doing this surgery?
  • Will my face get puffy? How long will it be until my appearance is normal and I can return to school or work?
  • What will happen if I leave my wisdom teeth in?

What Happens If I Don’t Have Them Removed?

The reason we remove wisdom teeth is to prevent them from damaging other healthy teeth. Often, wisdom teeth erupt perpendicularly to the teeth next door (your second molars). When wisdom teeth come in sideways like this, it throws off your bite, creates an area where food gets caught, decays both of the teeth, and can even cause a painful infection. So, if you skip the surgery today, it’s likely to cause complications and issues down the road.

But what if the wisdom teeth never come in? If your wisdom teeth don’t erupt and you leave them in, there is a 25% chance that the epithelial lining around the wisdom tooth will become cancerous. I found this in my mom while I was in dental school and it was successfully removed, but it was a complicated procedure. This is one of the many reasons that you get your wisdom teeth out earlier, rather than later, in life.

Of course, if you were born without wisdom teeth, then you can skip the rest of the article because you’re all good! This is not to be confused with people who still have wisdom teeth in the bone that haven’t erupted yet. A limited percentage of the population is born without wisdom teeth and those people never have to get surgery.

What’s the Best Time to Get Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Before the root is fully formed.

If the roots develop fully, it becomes way more difficult to do an extraction than when only the crowns (molars) have developed. Teeth grow from the crown down to the root, so if you get it done before the root develops, then the surgery is easier with less recovery time.

To imagine what this is like, think of a skateboard or a tennis ball buried in the sand—which is easiest to remove? The skateboard has to be dug out, but the tennis ball can be rolled out — this should give you some sense of why it’s better to do the surgery before the roots come in.

At the start of summer break.

I always recommend getting it done when life is simple, your health is good, stress is low, you have someone to take care of you, and have time to find a great surgeon (and not settle for a last minute choice). For most people, this time is during one of the summer breaks in high school. If you’re not lucky enough to have already had it done in high school, that’s okay—try to stick to the same guidelines when finding the ideal time. I will say that In my 30 years of dentistry, I’ve noticed wisdom teeth complications always happen right before a major life event, like a big exam, date, or wedding—so don’t delay!

How Long Can I Wait to Get Them Removed?

The thing you need to consider is: will things get worse if you wait? Wisdom teeth removal gets more complicated if the teeth become impacted and you and your dentist need to assess if waiting might make for a more complicated surgery.

Is there such a thing as getting it done too early? This is a tricky one because there’s always a chance that if you had waited a little longer to see how the teeth erupt, you could have enough room for them to come in. You have to trust and rely on your surgeon to be able to predict whether there will be space for this wisdom tooth—there’s a bit of an art to doing this. This is the reason I refer to certain surgeons whose work I’m familiar with and trust. Talk to family members, people in your community, and read reviews online. Use my tips for how to find an awesome dentist.

How Long Is Wisdom Teeth Recovery Time?

Typically about one week. Occasionally, it’ll take as short as four days to recover, but that’s usually just for straightforward surgery cases with no impaction or other complications.

Your recovery time will depend on:

  • What type of anesthesia you choose.
    You’ll be able to bounce back a lot faster if you have just local anesthesia or nitrous than if you have to go under.
  • Your nutrition during recovery.
    In just about every case, I see people who have a straight diet of Jell-O and ice cream recover more slowly.
  • Preventing a dry socket.
    A lot of people delay recovery several weeks by not following proper protocol after the surgery—including using a straw, not keeping the head elevated, or brushing their teeth too soon after surgery. See my tips for 
    how to speed up wisdom teeth recovery and how to prevent a dry socket.

What to Expect the First Twelve Months After Surgery

  • Thinning of the face, thanks to the lack of the presence of the wisdom teeth, which support the cheeks and muscles. Over time, it’s the lack of bone as it resorbs over many years. After many years, the muscular forces can also undergo a physical reprogramming, creating facial changes as well. It’s all three of the above happening at different times, but it’s amazing how visible the change is right away.
  • Cold sensitivity on your second molars, to things like cold drinks or ice cream. This sensitivity goes away eventually as the teeth re-calcify but could take several months. Use a fluoride toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth, like Sensodyne.
  • You may feel little folds in the gumline. This is caused by the bone remodeling and flattening out as part of the healing process. This can take up to a year.
  • Don’t be surprised if, up to 5-10 years later, you feel a flake or sharp thing sticking out— that’s exfoliating bone fragments. It’s your body rejecting a small flake of bone left over from the surgery. If you feel that, see your dentist and they can flick it out.
  • A little bone-ache occasionally. No one knows what that is, but it is perhaps caused by the process of bone remodeling.
  • You may have TMD pain upon opening, jaw clicking, or it’ll be hard to keep your mouth open. This is likely caused by the oral surgeon having your mouth open for too long or too wide. Ice and rest your jaw, following these TMD treatment guidelines.

Who Should Perform a Wisdom Teeth Removal Surgery?

I always recommend seeing a specialist. Specialists have seen it all, and if the unexpected comes up during your surgery, it won’t be a surprise to them. But having said that, there are a lot of general dentists who do wisdom teeth removals routinely and are excellent. Just make sure you see a dentist or oral surgeon who does this kind of surgery all the time. Wisdom teeth surgery has a high complication rate if not done in the hands of an expert.

Make sure your dentist is using a dental drill specifically for oral surgery. The same drill that general dentists use for fillings and crowns should not be used for wisdom teeth surgery, as it can cause an air embolism, a serious complication. Ask your dentist, “are you using an electric/pneumatic handpiece that is designed for oral surgery?”

How to Prepare for Wisdom Teeth Surgery

Wisdom teeth removal is an outpatient procedure, meaning that you get to go home on the same day as the surgery. Ask your dentist or oral surgeon these questions beforehand:

  • Are you willing to do a bone graft?
    If you’re over 25 years old, I usually recommend getting a bone graft. When you take out an adult wisdom tooth, the tooth next to it has a level of bone that it’s accustomed to, but when you take out the tooth next door, you get some shrinkage. When the bone shrinks, that makes the tooth next door sensitive to sugar and cold drinks months after the surgery. Bone grafts prevent this. Usually, people under age 25 don’t need this, but it doesn’t hurt to ask!
  • Should someone drive me home?
    This will depend on the type of anesthesia used. In the majority of cases, plan on having someone there to drive you home.
  • Should I fast before the surgery? If so, when do I begin the fast?
    For local anesthesia, it’s good to have a light meal in your stomach a few hours before the procedure to keep blood sugar levels up. For any other kind of anesthesia, including nitrous, it’s best not to have a full stomach.
  • Can I take my prescription medications before the procedure?
  • Are there any nonprescription drugs that I should avoid before the procedure?

What Kind of Anesthesia Will I Get?

Listed from least intense to more intense, your anesthesia options are the following:

  • Local anesthesia. You’re awake during the procedure and will feel some pressure but no pain. Local is administered with injections near the site of each tooth being removed. Recovery time is best with local anesthesia.
  • Sedation anesthesia.: Your consciousness is suppressed, you won’t feel any pain, and will have limited to no memory of the procedure. You’ll also get local anesthesia (see above) to numb the site of each tooth being removed. Anesthesia is given through an IV.
  • General anesthesia.: You’re completely out. You’ll have no pain and no memory of the procedure. Local anesthesia is still given (see above) to numb the extraction site. This is typically only offered for the more complicated situations.
  • Nitrous and local. A fourth option I’m very fond of is a combination of nitrous oxide with local anesthesia. IV sedation is given most of the time for the anxiety, but nitrous is just as effective, cheaper, and takes only minutes to recover from whereas the IV sedation can take several days to wear off. If you’re particularly anxious, discuss this option with your dentist. Nitrous makes even the most introverted of us very happy and bubbly and it wears off instantly.

Side Note: Whenever sedation is given to a child in the dental operatory, I always recommend that an anesthesiologist is administering the anesthesia. This is because children are more sensitive to anesthesia than adults. Even though this may not apply to a teenager or adult getting wisdom teeth out, I include this whenever discussing sedation because you can never be too safe!

Which Anesthesia Should I Choose?

Sit down with your surgeon or dentist and discuss your options. In general, these are the pros and cons that I weigh together with my patients as they make the decision:

IV Sedation


  • You won’t remember a thing.
  • Having you completely out cold will likely make the surgery easier on your dentist, especially a complicated case.


  • Recovery is much longer because they have a long half-life, meaning it takes a while to clear out of your system. Half of the IV sedation is still in your system 48 hours later, which is why people feel so groggy afterward.
  • If you have no one to pick you up after the surgery you can’t choose IV sedation. IVs also cost more and dental insurance doesn’t cover it.
  • Too much IV sedation has lead to deaths in the US, especially if not properly administered. It is more technique sensitive and requires more training, so if you choose this option, make sure you’re going with a highly trained and up to date oral surgeon in your area. Most states require continual two-year certification.

Don’t worry—if you don’t do IV sedation, it’s still possible to make it a painless procedure!

Local and Nitrous Oxide


  • With IV there’s a risk of them overextending your jaw, causing TMJ pain for a long time or even permanent damage. If you’re awake, you can communicate to your dentist about how wide open you can keep your jaw—preventing TMJ pain from overextension (somewhat common after these procedures).


  • Some people get a little nauseated with nitrous, but that goes away. With a local anesthesia injection, you’ll feel the injection, but the nitrous can help with that.
  • You’ll feel a little pressure (but no pain).
  • You’ll be awake and hear noises.

During the Procedure: What to Expect

Before You Leave the House

  • Go in clean.
    Before you go in for surgery, make sure you’ve flossed, brushed, and tongue-scraped since you won’t be able to for a few days after surgery.
  • Set up a recovery area.
    Before you leave the house, set up a recovery station or room at home with water, elevated pillows a sleeping station with TV and streaming DVD, music, whatever.
  • Stock-up on pre-made food.
    Wisdom teeth recipes abound on the internet, but here’s the thing: you’ll likely be too drugged up to be able to cook. I recommend cooking up a batch of bone broth that’ll last you all week. This 
    bone broth recipe is one of my favorites.

Tips for Staying Comfortable

During the Procedure

  • Bring a blanket.
    There are studies out there that say a heavy blanket can help reduce anxiety.
  • Ask your surgeon if you can take a valium.
    If you need to, take some valium the night before and the next morning and then go straight to surgery in the morning.
  • Avoid hyperventilating.
    Taking in too much CO2 makes you nervous and lightheaded. I really like Dr. Weil’s 4-7-8 relaxing breath exercise. You can also try to sync up your breath with this gif:
  • Bring a friend that has had the procedure done before.
    Have them hold your hand and be by your side. This helps so much. Parents aren’t necessarily always very good at this.
  • Wear comfortable, loose clothing with layers.
    Short sleeves are helpful for an IV, but bring a blanket or sweater because you could get cold and you’ll want your chest covered to prevent the bib sticking to you. Splurging on some special, cozy sweatpants can make a huge difference.
  • Bring in-ear headphones that isolate outside noises.
    I use 
    these headphones every day and recommend them for dental procedures. They’re the same price as a pair of Apple headphones, but do a much better job of blocking out noise and they have higher sound quality.
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Music may help, but a podcast may be better.

  • If you go with music, I would recommend going with songs you don’t so much care about. When I got my wisdom teeth out at 36 years old, the surgeon gave me headphones and said pick your favorite CD. There’s a Fine Young Cannibals song that is a bit ruined for me now, since every time I hear it, I think back to that stressful experience. You could try a soothing podcast that you’re never going to listen to again instead.
  • Distract yourself.
    This app is distracting at the same time that it’s relaxing. The app has you slowly and continuously move your fingertip across the screen, which triggers your body’s “rest and digest” response, and out of “fight or flight” mode.

After the Procedure

If you receive sedation anesthesia or general anesthesia, you’re taken to a recovery room after the procedure. If you have local anesthesia, your brief recovery time is likely in the dental chair.

This is an uncommon tip, but it’s important: Ask your surgeon whether sutures were used (or have the person picking you up ask on your behalf). A lot of people, a few days after the surgery, feel the bumps of the sutures in their mouth and think it’s food, so they work at it with their tongue. Or, they look in the mirror and see grey, black, green, or blue sutures and start to worry. Find out so that you know what it is if you see or feel it during recovery!

After you’ve been observed for a while, your breathing is normal, and bleeding has stopped, you’ll be allowed to go home and your designated driver can pick you up. A note to the driver picking you up: you’ll probably be sent out the back door instead of where you came in from, so as not to freak anybody out in the waiting room.

At Home

  • Stay elevated the first three days.
    At home, the most important thing is to keep your head elevated! Never let your head drop below your heart for the first three days. Remember—it’s a wound in your face that is healing, so you need to keep it elevated. This will make a massive difference in your recovery. Constantly propping up pillows is a pain, especially when you’re groggy post surgery, so get a 
    wedge pillow like this one.
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  • Do not drink out of a straw, swish, or blow.
    Sip on water, but do not gulp, spit or swish—all those things make you prone to a dry socket. No kissing and no blowing on soup to cool it down.
  • Do not spit.
    You may get some blood oozing on the first day after the procedure, but don’t spit it out! Spitting can cause a dry socket by dislodging the blood clot that forms over the extraction site. Instead, to deal with the blood, continue replacing gauze over the area, as directed by your dentist.
  • Don’t smoke at all (tobacco and marijuana included).
    Smoking can cause a dry socket and of course violates the “no sucking” rule above.
  • Ice, Ice, Ice.
    Ice packs on the outside of the cheek are very helpful. No one has the energy to hold up an ice pack and no one is willing to do it for you, so buy something designed for the face. You have to get at least two of them so that one always stays in the freezer while the other is on your face.
    I recommend this one because it’s comfortable and has ice pockets right where you’ll need them. If the gel packs don’t stay cold for long enough, you can stuff ziploc bags of frozen peas in the pocket instead.
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  • No brushing.
    I wouldn’t recommend brushing for 2-3 days after the surgery. You shouldn’t be eating much, so it’ll be okay.
  • Use a pill cutter for painkillers.
    This is rarely mentioned. Just because you’re prescribed a certain amount of painkiller doesn’t mean you have to use it all up. Painkillers disorient you and make recovery more difficult—think of them as a double-edged sword. Start with ice first and then progress with increasing amounts of painkillers as needed (starting with half the recommended dose). 
    Opioids are overprescribed in the United States, and can be habit-forming. It’s not uncommon to hear of people deciding to go for a bike ride while on painkillers or do other goofy things that cause a dry socket or slow their recovery. Remember to always start low and go slow. This is the pill cutter that I use.
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  • Drink lots of water.
    And make sure it’s lukewarm. Staying hydrated is essential to the recovery process.
  • No solid foods for the first 24 hours.
    Broth, smoothies, or juice only, and they should all be lukewarm—not too cold and not too hot. I’m not a fan of popsicles because they involve sucking, which increases the chance of a dry socket. Foods high in sugar are bad for healing because they make the pancreas jump up and down. After first 24 hours, you can start to incorporate soft foods like applesauce, yogurt, and pasta. Take it slow with chewing at first.
  • Do not rinse your mouth.
    Many sites recommend rinsing with saltwater after 24 hours. DO NOT DO THIS. You can start maybe on the fourth day, gently. Saltwater does promote healing, but it can also disturb the site and create a dry socket. Also, your immediate urge with salt water in the mouth is to swish, which you should not do.
  • Limit activity.
    Even lifting a backpack should be avoided, ideally. Anything even mildly strenuous can dislodge the blood clot in the wound, causing exposed bone and a painful dry socket. Rest, rest, rest, and, as much as is reasonable, have a friend or family member cook and pick up for you.

When to call your dentist or surgeon

Always, always call your dentist or oral surgeon’s emergency line if you notice the following symptoms, which may indicate a serious complication that requires immediate attention:

  • Difficulty swallowing or breathing
  • Excessive bleeding (as opposed to oozing)
  • Pus in or around the extraction site
  • Any tingling or loss of sensation
  • Fever
  • Blood or pus in nasal discharge
  • Unbearable pain that can’t be made better with prescription pain medication
  • Swelling that has gotten worse two to three days later

Dr. Mark Burhenne

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  1. Burt Silver says:

    I am thinking about having my wisdom teeth removed in the next few months. It is a scary thought, but obviously necessary. I had no idea there were so many options for pain relief. Local anesthesia seems scary, because you would still be conscious, but I guess it would help make you more cooperative, which would probably help the procedure go smoother.

  2. This article does a really good job addressing pretty much everything there is to know about wisdom teeth removal. My son is due to get his wisdom teeth out soon, so I feel like this article does well informing me of what to expect, especially in the healing process. My son has impacted teeth, would that increase the likeliness of needing sedation? Or would local anesthesia still be an option?

    • Drab Barry says:

      No it wouldn’t you can still use the local anesthetic. It will be a faster operation.

  3. I had my wisdom tooth out to day and I hate going to dentist but I had injection never felt no pain just a bit of pulling so glad it was not as bad as I thought

  4. I think it’s a good idea to have someone pick you up after a wisdom tooth extraction, regardless of the type of anesthesia used. I had mine taken out under local anesthesia, and since the dental office was near my house, I decided I didn’t need help going home after the procedure. Boy, I couldn’t have been more wrong. I felt weak, and I was shaking. The lady at the front desk had to call my mum to fetch me LOL. I was 20.

    Not all wisdom teeth are bad, though. One of my wisdom teeth came out fine. Well, not exactly fine; I had a few days of irritable itch in the back of my mouth and had to resort to gnawing one of my fingers because munching on ice cubes just won’t work. The other tooth was way worse and started to come out at an angle against the adjacent tooth. It looks like I didn’t eat enough of those organ meat products when I was young.

  5. Camarillo Smiles says:

    A comprehensive review of the wisdom teeth removal procedure. Good information for both patient and dentist.

  6. Thank you so much ! m getting my wisdom teeth removed in 2 days .. and this was very helpful.Thanks again DOC !

  7. I’ve been troubled trying to decide whether to get mine out earlier or later and this blog definitely helps me a lot. Very insightful!

  8. I am going in on Monday to surgically remove two wisdom teeth and one canine for a bridge and I am SCARED TO DEATH. I am more scared now after reading this article however all the info and tips for preparing and recovering was very, very helpful. I will not be put under as I need to drive myself home. Sighhhh.

    Scared in Hawaii.

    • Hi, how did your wisdom tooth removal go? Hope it was not as scary as you thought. I’m going for mine in a couple of days, yep and I’m nervous 😬 lol

      • You didn’t get an answer…I was curious to see it! I’m going to get one upper wisdom tooth and one beside it extracted the day after tomorrow. How did it go for you?

  9. Annika Larson says:

    My son will be going into his senior year of high school, and we want to get his wisdom teeth extracted before he goes to college. I have heard that this is the best time to do it due to the fact that insurance will help cover the cost during this age frame, and they are still at home so I can help take care of him. As you said, it would probably be best to have the procedure done while health is good and stress is low such as at the beginning of the summer. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Princeton says:

    Hi, this article is incredibly informative. I am scheduled to have my wisdom teeth extracted tomorrow morning. I am considering local anesthesia, not only for lower cost concerns, but also for a faster recovery period. Unfortunately, I can’t afford to miss too much time away from work. I am not nervous; however, I am anxious about creating a great aftercare environment. Thank you Dr. Burhenne, your article has given me the assurance I need to effectively create a successful aftercare atmosphere!

    Facts about me:
    1.) I am currently 24 years old.
    2.) I am having all four wisdom teeth removed.
    3.) I have had 2 route canal procedures completed, so I am pretty familiar with local anesthesia and the anxiousness associated with it.

    Thought I would add some additional information, since those were some of the questions I wondered about when reading the above posts. Thanks again!!

    • Hello 🙂 I know this was last year but how did all turn out? I was reading your post and im going through the same thing.. and going to have all 4 wisdoms removed next week.. same situation gonna get the local anesthetic:/ how was it for you??

  11. Great information. One thing many dentists overlook though is to recommend their patients to stop smoking a day or two before the operation. Its a great idea to get most of those additional bloodthinning and vesselconstricting chemicals out of your system before going into surgery. It also makes it much easier to resist smoking for as long as possible after the procedure, since you’re fighting those urges from a strong position. I tried to resist smoking after, and I couldn’t, cause I felt bad and wanted to reward myself. Next time, I cut it out before and I could, because I was already over the worst withdrawal.

  12. Well i m scheduled to get out my wisdom teeth by next week.i am anxious about it as it is my first dental surgery.actually i got useful information here.. thanks to the doc.i hope for a fast recovery.

  13. I’ve had 2 two wisdom teeth surgically removed today. In immense pain that gets slightly better with painkillers. I’m really stumped as to what to do after eating. Because I have andolex which is an antiseptic rinse. I’m scared of food particles rotting in cavities. In so much pain the urge is to brush tomorrow morning. I’m super scared for any on healing of surgical areas

  14. Catherine says:

    Good morning doctor.i had my wisdom tooth removed last week Monday and I still can’t open my mouth properly. What do I do?

  15. Ashley Turns says:

    My brother is going to be going through oral surgery to have wisdom teeth removed and he’s wondering how he should prepare for the procedure. So thanks for talking about how it would be a good idea to eat a light meal before undergoing the oral surgery and to have someone ready to drive you home. I’ll make sure that my brother gets something in his stomach before he goes through the wisdom teeth removal procedure and that there’s someone there to drive him home afterward.

  16. marlene dizon says:

    My schedule is nextweek..I am a breastfeeding mom and I had 4wisdom teeth to remove…question is do I need to stop breastfeeding before my surgery? I need answer thanks and advanced doc.

  17. Doctor, i will turn nineteen this December and will probably have all my wisdom teeth removed as recommended by my dentist in the summwr vacations which would be july/ aug. Is this a good time to extract them? And i haven’t really been facing serious problems regarding them so cant i just leave them in? (They aren’t aligned, as in ,they are a bit tilted and two arent even properly protruding-they’re half out only )

  18. I’m hoping you can answer my question…
    I have all 4 wisdoms that the dentist said need to be removed, however on my top set of teeth on both the right and left side my second molar has been removed. I had extra room even when me teeth were still intact, so now that they’re gone shouldn’t there be enough room for my top molars to grow in and fit in the empty space?

    Please let me know as soon as you can, I’ve been going to Western Dental, and I feel they are doing A LOT of unnecessary work.
    Thank you!

    • I heard from my dentist that if you get the bottom teeth removed then you need to remove the top teeth also else they’ll keep grazing against that wound and cause complications. So I think it’s right that they’re asking you to remove all.

      FYI- I just had mine removed yesterday

  19. Gday,

    Had my wisdom teeth removed yesturday. Wish I had read this article before hand.
    The first tooth took 10-15 mins, the second tooth took over 1 hr. It was actually quite horrible and I’m a tough cookie when it comes to pain.
    I spent the rest of the day and night trying to rid a miagrain. No doubt my nervous was shot from a type of physical trauma. The jaw swelling and pain is obsolete in comparison the the miagrain.
    I hope know one has to go through this.

  20. My oral surgeon said once he removes all four of my wisdom teeth he will only suture the bottom two and leave the top two unsutured. Is this a common practice to leave the top unsutured. I’m worried food will get into the cavity and cause an infection.

  21. Ok So I’m a high school student getting mine out next week
    Is it ok to play my instrument after I have it done
    If not how long would I have to wait

  22. Hi,

    I’m scheduled to get my wisdom teeth out five days before I return to school. I noticed that this article said no lifting… will I have enough recovery time to lift my backpack and other things?

  23. I’m 51yrs.old never had a problem with my wisdom teeth, now the dentist said they need to be removed should I get them taken out?

  24. Charul Joshi says:

    Hi. Is suturing the wound always needed? Also, are the stitches dissolvable or do they need to be opened after a couple days? It would be really great if someone who has undergone the procedure can help a little here. Thanks very much.

  25. Vickie Stangeland says:

    I’m trying to get dentures. My dentist told me I have to get my wisdom teeth out first. The teeth have never come in, and are well below the gum line. Do I really have to get them removed before all the other teeth for dentures? I am 58 years old and must get all teeth pulled.

  26. I have 2 toddler age kiddos. I saw you recommended not lifting a back pack so that obviously means my kiddos too… How long should I not lift things?

  27. Okay so I’m having all 4 of my wisdom teeth out on the 29th of next month and I am super super scared! In all honesty I don’t really want it done. They’ve told me I will be going under IV sedation but that makes me nervous because I don’t want to be even a little bit awake for this procedure I’ve read up on what they will need to do and it scares me even more to the point I feel like crying. I’ve never been good with needles, and I’m so scared about recovery I have 2 children and not being able to do anything with them for possibly a whole week kills me! Is it possible I can ask for a general anaesthetic as I just really want to be completely out for this and on a scale of 1-10 how bad is the pain after? I’m not very good with pain either! Please help me.

  28. I just had my wisdom teeth out yesterday. The pain was not so bad. I had 4 pulled at the same time, and 2 of mine were erupted and other 2 were impacted. The day of the surgery, there was a lot of blood post surgery and I had to replace 3 gauze pads, just to form a blood clot. Currently, I am being careful not to dislodge it and currently on my second day.

    • Rebecca Tomczak says:

      I’m getting mine taking out the 28th of this month and I’m super super scared i don’t know what to expect:(

  29. Hello,
    My daughter had her upper wisdom teeth pulled and had needles for that. Now a different oral surgent wants to remove her bottom and is telling her she has to be put under. He is telling her its different with the bottom removal. Is this true? She doesn’t want to be put under if she doesn’t have to.She is light weight and she doesn’t need any extra complications. She was great after having the top taken out with only needles.
    Thank You

  30. Maria Guerrero says:

    Oral surgeon wants to pull both top wisdom due to cavity, I am 47, can’t they do fillings?

  31. Marcia Williams says:

    Is it normal for a person to vomit 3days after wisdom teeth removed

  32. Thank you! I am having my surgery tomorrow!

  33. Rachel Frampton says:

    Thanks for these great tips on wisdom teeth removal. This was a very comprehensive overview of the procedure and I really appreciated your information on recovery time. I had no idea that you recover faster if you have local anesthesia that if you are put under for the procedure. I think you also made a good point that you should always follow the dentist’s recovery suggestions so you don’t have complications. Thanks for the great information.

  34. I liked that you mentioned staying hydrated is essential for the healing process after a wisdom teeth extraction. My brother thinks that he may need wisdom teeth extraction, and we are looking for advice about what to expect. I will let him know about your advice after the process to help his recovery process.

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