Wisdom teeth or third molars are the last teeth to develop and appear in the mouth. Wisdom teeth are often removed to prevent potential future problems such as gum infections, crowding of teeth, and cyst development.
It is common to have all four wisdom teeth removed at the same time. Most patients undergo the procedure with IV sedation and local anesthesia. The procedure time is approximately 45 minutes.
If the tooth is impacted or below the gumline, your doctor will make an incision, expose any bone overlying the tooth, remove the bone and then section the tooth into pieces that can be gently removed. The gum tissue is then closed with sutures. Some sutures absorb and fallout, others may need to be removed at your 1 week postoperative visit.
You and your escort will be given instructions on diet, medications, and activity. You will need a few days to recuperate since you will have some swelling and possible some bruising.
You will be given a prescription for pain medication and possible, an antibiotic. If you play sports routinely or perform manual labor at work, let your doctor know. We can discuss when you can safely resume your activities.
This is a common procedure and as with all surgery, there are a few potential risks. Your procedure and any risks will be discussed with you at your evaluation appointment.