what to expect during wisdom tooth removal

What To Expect When Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?

You might need to go for a wisdom teeth extraction at a dental office. Generally, an oral surgeon is responsible to perform this procedure. People often think that any sort of tooth extraction is painful and can be the reason for immense discomfort. This is not true at all. Here at West Airdrie Dental, we always pay proper heed to inform people about the details of a dental procedure. Our dentists believe that lack of knowledge can really contribute to hesitation and later be the primary reason for dental anxiety. Going through this blog will give you a clear idea about what to expect from wisdom teeth removal. 

Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that develop at the back of your mouth between the age of 17-25 years. Some of the reasons to get your wisdom teeth removed are:

  • One of the primary reasons is having impacted wisdom teeth. Your wisdom teeth can not come out normally and hence can be trapped in your gums or jawbone, making you go through immense pain and discomfort. 
  • If your wisdom teeth do not come out at the right angle. This can lead to the wisdom teeth pressing against the adjacent teeth which in turn causes trouble. 
  • If your mouth does not have enough space for an extra set of molars. 
  • If you suffer from serious gum disease or dental cavities, reaching your wisdom teeth with a piece of floss or toothbrush can be difficult.

What to do before the Surgery?

You need to keep a few things in mind while meeting the dentist before the process. They are:

  • You need to talk about your health problems
  • Make sure to provide the dentist or oral surgeon with a list of medications that you take daily
  • In case of any confusion, do ask questions. Now drawing an end to queries can lead to hesitation.
  • You can discuss the kind of anesthesia that should be used in the process. You can choose to sleep or be numb during the procedure.
  • Make sure to choose the perfect time for extraction. You should have the time and leisure to rest after the procedure. 

What happens during the Wisdom Teeth Extraction?

It is for you to know that the surgery is not supposed to take more than 45 minutes. The various kinds of anesthesia that can be used during the procedure are:

  • Local – In this type of anesthesia, a shot of local anesthetics such as mepivacaine, lidocaine, or novocaine is given by the dentist. As the name suggests, this kind of anesthetic numbs a particular area of your mouth. This can be done by breathing laughing gas or nitrous oxide to doze or relax during the extraction. 
  • IV Sedation – Using IV sedation helps to numb your mouth or make you drowsy during the extraction process. The dentist or oral surgeon can give the drugs through a vein in your arm. You need to know that sleeping throughout the process of extraction after getting IV sedation is pretty common. So, there is nothing to worry about. 
  • General – In the case of general anesthesia, you will be given drugs via a vein or through breathing gas with the help of gas. You might sleep throughout the extraction process and remain so even after 1 hour of the surgery.

You should know that your dentist or an oral surgeon might have to cut the adjacent bone or gums to remove the teeth. It is only done if required. In such a situation, the dental professional will have to stitch the wound to accelerate the healing process. After a few days, these stitches dissolve. The dentist or oral surgeon can also use gauze to stop the bleeding after the extraction. 

What happens after the Wisdom Teeth Extraction?

The response to anesthesia varies from one person to another. If a local anesthetic is used, you can easily drive back home after the surgery. You can go to work and involve in actual areas of interest from the very next day. On the other hand, if the dentist or oral surgery uses general anesthesia you might feel drowsy for some time once the extraction is done. 

You need to know that feeling little pain or swelling is common after the teeth extraction surgery. It should vanish after 3 days. But, if the pain or inflammation is still there after 73 hours, do get in touch with your dentist. 

Adopting a few measures can speed up the recovery process after wisdom teeth extraction. They are:

  • Apply an ice pack on your site to reduce swelling.
  • You can also use moist heat if you have a sore jaw.
  • You should also open and close your mouth gently which acts as an exercise for the jaw.
  • It is advisable to eat soft food items like soup, pasta, or rice.
  • You should drink an adequate amount of fluids.
  • Start brushing your teeth two days after the surgery. But, make sure to not dislodge the blood clots.
  • Do take the medicines that are prescribed by your dentist.
  • Contact your dentist if the pain or swelling worsens with time.

Also, avoid using a straw right after the extraction, do not rinse your mouth harshly, do not eat hard food items, and do not smoke if you do not want the healing process to be hindered.


We hope that you now know what to expect when getting your wisdom teeth removed. If you are looking for the best wisdom teeth extraction service in Airdrie, AB, do not hesitate to contact West Airdrie Dental. Our team of dentists is here to help you out in every way possible! Just give us a call to schedule an appointment.