Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Removing wisdom teeth is a right of passage for many teenagers and young adults. Our experienced team can make your wisdom tooth extraction experience as comfortable and relaxing as possible. Learn more about the surgery, why you might need it and what to expect.

Why Remove Wisdom Teeth?

The wisdom teeth are the last teeth to come in, and they usually start appearing around age 17. At that point, most people don't have enough space in their mouths for another set of molars, so the teeth often come in crooked. In some cases, they can get trapped in the gumline.

When a wisdom tooth is crooked or stuck, it's impacted. An impacted wisdom tooth can push on the neighboring teeth, causing problems with alignment or disrupting a person's bite. Impacted wisdom teeth can also damage the jawbone, cause infections or lead to other oral health problems. 

To prevent discomfort, infection or other issues,  many dentists recommend removing the wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, before they have a chance to do any damage.

Signs You Might Need Wisdom Tooth Extraction

While in many cases, a dentist removes the wisdom teeth before they cause problems, there are instances when the teeth become stuck. The following are common symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth:

  • Gum problems: The gums might be red, swollen or tender. They can bleed easily.
  • Jaw pain: The jaw joint might ache or be painful to the touch. There might also be swelling.
  • Headaches: Some people develop headaches due to impacted wisdom teeth.
  • Bad breath: If the impacted tooth is infected, it can give you a sour taste in your mouth or cause bad breath.
  • Trouble opening the mouth: It can be difficult to open and close your mouth when the wisdom teeth are impacted.
  • Swollen lymph nodes: A swollen lymph in the neck can be a sign of an infected tooth.

What Happens During Wisdom Tooth Surgery

If your dentist recommends surgery to remove your wisdom teeth, here's what you can expect during it:


If you're concerned about pain and discomfort during your surgery, rest assured that our experience team will give you sedation. Once you're sedated, you won't feel anything the dentist is doing, nor will you remember the procedure afterward. You won't be fully asleep, though. You'll be able to communicate with the team and answer any questions asked.


The process of removing the teeth can vary depending on how impacted they and how many wisdom teeth you have. Generally, you can expect the surgery to take about one hour.


Once the sedative wears off, you might feel a little groggy. We'll keep an eye on you until we believe you're ready to go home. You'll need to have a friend or relative drive you to and from our practice the day of the surgery. You won't be able to drive home by yourself immediately following surgery.


Our team will provide you with aftercare instructions before sending you home. How long you need to recover varies based on the complexity of the surgery and your age. Many patients can get back to their regular activities a day or two after their surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions About Wisdom Teeth Surgery

 Is wisdom teeth extraction a preventive surgery?

Generally, wisdom tooth removal is performed as a preventive surgery. It's meant to keep problems from developing due to lack of space in the mouth. Of the 10 million wisdom teeth removal procedures performed each year, around 60% are elective surgeries.

Who should have wisdom tooth surgery?

The ideal candidate for wisdom teeth extraction is someone in their late teens or early twenties. In young adulthood, the tooth roots aren't yet fully developed and don't take up much space in the jaw. If you wait until you're older for the surgery, the jawbone and teeth will have already set, making it more difficult to remove the wisdom teeth. Younger patients also typically enjoy a faster recovery after surgery.

How much does wisdom tooth extraction cost?

The cost of removing the third molars varies based on several factors. The number of teeth you have removed, the type of sedation you choose and any issues in your mouth can all influence the price. Dental insurance can provide coverage in many cases, but not all policies cover the full cost. We'll give you a cost estimate during your consultation and let you know what coverage your insurance offers, if any. While the cost can be high, the price of leaving an impacted wisdom tooth in the mouth is often greater.

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