Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical procedure to remove one or more wisdom teeth — the four permanent adult teeth located at the back corners of your mouth on the top and bottom. If a wisdom tooth doesn’t have room to grow (impacted wisdom tooth), resulting in pain, infection or other dental problems, you’ll likely need to have it pulled. Wisdom tooth extraction may be done by a dentist or an oral surgeon.To prevent potential future problems, some dentists and oral surgeons recommend wisdom tooth extraction even if impacted teeth aren’t currently causing problems.

Toothache and inflammation in wisdom tooth. 3d illustration
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Most people fully recover from wisdom teeth surgery in three to four days. If your teeth were impacted or came in at an awkward angle, it could take a full week to recover. The wound left behind after surgery won’t be completely healed for months, so you can still develop an infection weeks after surgery.

Add solid foods to your diet as healing progresses. Do not use a straw for the first few days. After the first day, gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water several times a day to reduce swelling and relieve pain. Do not smoke for at least 24 hours after your surgery.