Patients frequently ask why they should have their “wisdom teeth” removed if they aren’t causing any problem.
It is true not all wisdom teeth need to be removed. However, 95% of the time they do create problems ranging from minor discomfort to a significant infection. Poor access for hygiene and clinical room for eruption are usually the main reasons for removal. Removal before problems arise makes for a smoother, faster recovery.
Between the ages of 15 and 25 we usually see a smooth, problem-free recovery. At this age the roots are usually incompletely formed and the crown or top of the tooth is close to the surface.
Obviously the experience of patients vary outside this age range and they still can expect a smooth recovery. As with any surgical procedure the skill and training of the surgeon is important.
Since wisdom teeth removal is a surgical procedure, adequate anesthesia is paramount for patient comfort. Oral surgeons are highly skilled in the administration of outpatient IV sedation. Combine this with a “numbing” local anesthesia that lasts 6-8 hours and the patient is on their way to a smooth recovery.
Recovery usually requires 3-4 days of limited diet and activity. Usually full activity and diet are resumed in 7-10 days.