wisdom tooth removal

Debunking Myths About Wisdom Teeth and Wisdom Teeth Removal Surgery

The final molars to show up in the jawline, the wisdom teeth are named such because they usually show up later in life when childhood is over. While many people do have to get their wisdom teeth removed at some point in life, no other molars bring about as much confusion.

Myth: Everyone must have their wisdom teeth removed.

Not everyone will have to get their wisdom teeth removed. Some people don’t even grow these third molars at all, and some people have enough space for the teeth to grow without there ever being an issue.

Myth: You should not be removing any of your natural teeth, including wisdom teeth.

Wisdom teeth do not need to be removed unless they are posing issues. A lot of debate exists as to whether or not these molars should come out early in life before they pose issues. However, a good dentist can look at the molars before they even erupt and determine if they could impact the other teeth as they grow.

Myth: Wisdom teeth removal surgery requires weeks of recovery time.

Most people recover from wisdom teeth removal in about a week. You may have to take it easy for a few days, eat softer foods, and be careful when you chew. However, the mouth tends to heal relatively fast. You may have a bit of tenderness and some repeat visits to the surgeon for a checkup, but you can usually resume your normal activities soon after the surgery.

Myth: You will have ongoing pain after your wisdom teeth are removed.

You can have some pain and tenderness at the extraction site for several days after surgery. However, you should be fine with over-the-counter pain medications for the week following your surgery, and shouldn’t need much of anything by the two-week point.

Talk Over Your Concerns About Wisdom Teeth Removal with the Oral Surgeon

The more familiar you are with the facts about wisdom teeth, the more comfortable you will feel if you find out yours have to be removed. Reach out to us at Heritage Oral Surgery & Implant Center in Palmdale, Valencia, and Canoga Park, CA to schedule an appointment.


What to Expect After Wisdom Teeth Removal Surgery

Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common dental surgeries dentists perform. After all, millions of Americans get their wisdom teeth removed every year, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. So, if your dentist recommends you get your wisdom teeth removed, don’t panic. Many other people just like you have had them removed.

But you’re probably wondering just how long the recovery will take, and what you’ll experience in the hours, days, and weeks following their removal?

How Long Will It Take to Recover from Wisdom Teeth Removal Surgery

The recovery process after getting your “teeth pulled” varies for everyone, but in general, you can likely expect your recovery time to happen within two weeks, with gradual improvement every day. The wisdom teeth removal surgery healing process can be broken down into stages as follows.

  • The first day: Blood clots form
  • Two to three days: You find that your swelling has decreased.
  • One week: If you have remaining stitches, your dentist can remove them now.
  • One week to ten days: Jaw soreness should dissipate
  • Two weeks: Mild bruising should heal

If a blood clot becomes dislodged, your healing and recovery could be longer. Therefore, it’s essential to not “play” with these blood clots to accidentally remove them.

Tips to Help With Healing from Wisdom Teeth Removal

To assist your recovery and healing from having your teeth pulled, practice all post-wisdom teeth instruction tips provided by your dentist, which may include the following:

  • Refraining from sucking through straws for at least 24 hours after your surgery to prevent dislodging a blood clot.
  • Using an ice pack on the outside of the extraction site to help with swelling and bruising
  • Avoiding drinking hot beverages and eating hot foods for three or four days.
  • Eating soft foods, such as mashed potatoes, jello, soft noodles, mashed bananas and soups. while avoiding foods that require chewing,
  • Avoiding eating any foods that are sticky or chewy.
  • Refraining from brushing your teeth residing near your extraction sites.
  • Rinsing with an antiseptic mouth rinse if and when your dentist advises.
  • Rinsing with warm salt water as needed and as directed by your dentist.

Remember, everyone heals differently from a tooth extraction, so always follow the instructions given by your dental professional. You can find important do’s and don’ts following wisdom removal surgery on our website here.

Potential Complications from Wisdom Teeth Removal Surgery

Complications after wisdom teeth removal are rare. However, if you experience fever, pain, yellow or white pus around the wound, you may have developed an infection. If you develop intense throbbing, it may be indicative of a dry socket whereby your newly formed blood clots were lost or formed improperly. If you experience any of the above symptoms, call your dentist right away.

If you have any questions about wisdom teeth removal at Heritage Oral Surgery & Implant Centers, give us a call at one of our offices: Valencia 661-253-3500, West Valley (818) 703-8200, or Palmdale (661) 538-1400.