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How Long Does It Take to Remove Wisdom Teeth?

Posted on 6/15/2024 by Nancy Shiba DDS
3D rendered xray of an impacted wisdom tooth (highlighted in red) butting against the tooth next to itThe third set of molars, known as wisdom teeth, frequently require extraction due to problems such as impaction, crowding, or infection. Any concerns you may have regarding this procedure might be eased if you have a thorough understanding of the timeline. Listed below is a breakdown of what you can anticipate:

Evaluation of the Preparing Stage

Your dentist will examine your mouth and may also advise you to get X-rays to determine the position of your wisdom teeth. They will review the process with you, including the various alternatives for anesthesia and any specific instructions that may be required.

Day of the Procedure

Removing the tooth can take anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour, although this time frame can change depending on factors such as the tooth position and the difficulty level of extraction. A local anesthetic is delivered to numb the area, and sedation may be utilized for relaxation.

An incision is made in the gum, and the tooth may be separated into parts to make the tooth removal process more manageable. Following the tooth removal, the region is cleaned, and stitches may be placed if necessary.

Recovery Following the Procedure

You may experience some swelling and discomfort, which can be helped by taking pain medication as directed and applying ice packs. Pay close attention to the post-operative instructions provided by your dentist, which may include dietary restrictions and instructions on properly caring for the extraction site. Follow-up appointments should be attended to guarantee adequate healing and address any problems that may arise.

Advantages in the Long Term

It is possible to avoid future problems such as crowding, infection, and damage to nearby teeth by having troublesome wisdom teeth extracted as soon as possible. Additional benefits include lessening pain and suffering and improving general dental health and quality of life.

Immediately seek dental care if you are experiencing pain or discomfort due to your wisdom teeth. Call our office right away to set up a consultation. To ensure your long-term dental health and comfort, we will evaluate your situation and recommend the most appropriate action. This is the beginning of your journey toward a healthy smile!

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