Do wisdom teeth always need to be removed?
It depends on your unique situation. Wisdom tooth extractions are common, but they’re still a form of surgery and do require some recovery time. In general, we recommend extracting wisdom teeth if they’re:
- Causing significant pain or discomfort
- Making it hard to brush or floss and keep your teeth clean
- Crowding other teeth and causing a misaligned bite
If your wisdom teeth aren’t causing problems, a wait-and-see approach might be right for you. Conversely, if you’re facing a complex situation — such as severely impacted wisdom teeth — we may refer you to an oral surgeon to ensure the best possible outcome.
Remember: we take an individualized approach. We aim to understand your needs and help you make the best possible choice for your health and wellness.
Frequently asked questions
Are you asleep during wisdom teeth removal?
Many people don’t need or want to be fully sedated — especially for a simple wisdom teeth extraction. If you have impacted wisdom teeth or another complex situation, deeper sedation — like general anesthesia — may be recommended by your oral surgeon.
Is wisdom tooth removal painful?
Your comfort is always our top priority. We ensure you’re properly numb before we begin your extraction and work quickly and gently. After the procedure, you may experience some soreness as your mouth heals. We’ll provide you with tips for minimizing discomfort.
How many days off do you need for wisdom teeth removal?
We typically recommend reserving three days for wisdom teeth recovery. You may not need that many, or you might want more. Additionally, we’ll ask you to avoid spitting and using straws for at least 10 days after your procedure.