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Oral Surgery FAQ

What are some signs of that you wisdom teeth are bothering you?

  • Inflammation of gums around the area of wisdom teeth
  • Pain in opening of the mouth
  • Swollen face
  • Bleeding in the gum around the wisdom teeth area

What are the reason that wisdom teeth need to be extracted?

  • Cavity of the wisdom teeth
  • The wisdom tooth is putting pressure on the adjacent molar and causing damage to the root of the adjacent tooth
  • If there is a cyst around the wisdom tooth
  • Due to orthodontic treatment
  • Bone loss around the wisdom tooth and the tooth in front of it due to difficulty of access cleaning the area

What should I expect during my wisdom tooth extraction?

The dentist or oral surgeon will take a panoramic X-ray of your jaw to evaluate the location of your wisdom teeth. The area of the wisdom teeth will be anesthetized and the dentist or oral surgeon will remove the teeth. In some cases IV sedation or nitrous oxide is recommend for the more complex treatment.

Should I pull all my wisdom teeth at the same time?

It’s recommended to pull all of them at the same time, however, your dentist will determine the risk and benefits involved with your treatment.

How much time do I need to take off from work?

It depends on the complexity of the treatment and the complication of the surgery. The dentist will notify you before the surgery.

How long would I be swollen for?

It depends on the location of wisdom teeth and type of the impaction and how fast your body heals. But usually swelling is normal for a few days after the extraction and icing the area in the first 24 hours will help decrease the swelling later.

Do I need to be put to sleep?

There are different of types of relaxation methods that your dentist can recommend you before the surgery such as taking oral medication the night before, or nitrous oxide and IV sedation during your treatment. You and your dentist or oral surgeon will decide what options would be best for your comfort.

Do I need antibiotics after my wisdom teeth removal?

Depending on the presence or absence of infection, antibiotics may or may not be prescribed by your dentist or oral surgeon either before or after the extraction appointment for 5-10 days.

What do I need to do after my wisdom teeth have been removed?

Your oral surgeon and their team will send you home with a packet of instructions and some extra gauze after your appointment but these are some example of post operative instructions:

  • No vigorous rinsing
  • No sucking through a straw
  • No smoking for the first 3 days (minimum)
  • Avoid chewing crunchy or sticky food
  • Keep the surrounding tissue iced for five minutes at a time

When should I follow up with my dentist or oral surgeon?

Your dentist will make an appointment 5 to 7 days after the extraction to evaluate the process of healing of the area of the extraction in order to make sure there are no infections or swelling or pathology.