Wisdom Teeth Removal FAQ’s

Why go to a surgical specialist for wisdom teeth removal?

Although wisdom teeth removal sounds simple, it is more complex than having a tooth extracted or pulled. Wisdom teeth removal is a surgical procedure that requires precision and finesse. An oral surgeon must cut through soft tissue and bone to reach the roots of the teeth, which may be entwined with nerve bundles in the jawbone. A surgical specialist is better equipped to handle this kind of oral surgery and can quickly address any complications.

How long does it take to recover from wisdom teeth removal?

Complete recovery takes one to three weeks, but most of our patients return to work or school after three to five days. The pain usually subsides quickly after day four.

Are wisdom teeth painful to remove?

The area is numbed, and you may be sedated. You will not feel pain while your wisdom teeth are removed. For the next few days, there is some pain and swelling that is easily controlled with over-the-counter and/or prescription pain medications and ice packs placed on the cheeks.

What should I avoid doing after wisdom teeth removal?

  • Do not drink through a straw or suck on anything for the first few days.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise for 7-10 days.
  • Do not brush around the surgical site for 3 days.
  • Avoid eating crunchy, hard, or brittle foods for the first week.
  • Do not eat spicy or hot foods for the first week.

What are the side effects of wisdom teeth removal?

After the surgery, you will have some minor pain and swelling for a few days. Pain relievers and ice packs can help for the first 48 hours. If the pain worsens after four or five days or you develop more swelling or bad breath, contact our office, as the surgical site could be infected. Dr. Deragopian will advise you on how to proceed. In rare cases, nerves or blood vessels may be damaged during surgery, leading to temporary numbness of the face or tongue. This usually goes away within a few days. Dr. Deragopian will review the possible side effects before scheduling your wisdom teeth removal.

Is it necessary to remove wisdom teeth?

No. Not everyone has their wisdom teeth removed. However, most adults who do not have their wisdom teeth removed when they are in their teens or twenties end up having them removed later in life due to impaction or infection. Having wisdom teeth extracted when they are older is more complex and has a higher risk of complications.

If you do not have your wisdom teeth removed in your teens or twenties, your dentist must monitor them over the years. If they see any sign that the teeth are beginning to erupt, they will refer you to an oral surgeon. Many dentists advise having wisdom teeth removed before they become a problem.

If you have any questions about oral surgery or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Deragopian, please contact our office at 925-513-0100. We look forward to answering all your oral surgery questions.