Typical Wisdom Tooth Extraction Healing & Recovery Time

Typical Wisdom Tooth Extraction Healing & Recovery Time

If you're like most patients facing wisdom tooth extraction, you’re wondering how long the procedure will take and what to expect afterward.  

Read on to learn more about what to expect during and after your procedure. 

How long will it take for my wisdom teeth to be removed?

It seems like a pretty straightforward question. On average, a routine procedure takes about 45 minutes to an hour.

However, several factors can determine how long it will take to remove your wisdom teeth.

  • Tissue Depth - Tissue depth can vary from patient to patient. If the tissue is deep between the tooth and gum line, extra time may be needed for proper exposure and removal.
  • Root Length - Some patients have roots that are longer than others. This may also cause difficulty or require extra time during the procedure.
  • Teeth Position - Some people have wisdom teeth positioned in a way that makes removal difficult. For example, some patients have impacted wisdom teeth in an area where there isn't enough room to expose them completely. This can make the teeth more difficult to remove.

Once your oral surgeon has examined your mouth and determined your treatment plan, they can estimate how long your procedure is likely to take.

What can I expect after the procedure?

Several factors determine how long it takes for your gums to heal after getting your wisdom teeth extracted.

For example, your body's immune system determines how quickly you'll heal after surgery. If you're prone to infections or have a weakened immune system, you'll need more time to recover than someone with a stronger immune system. 

The pain you experience after having your wisdom teeth removed will depend on how many teeth were removed, the type of anesthesia you received, the position of your teeth, and the state of your oral health.

Tenderness after surgery is to be expected, but it should decrease within a few days. Follow your oral surgeon’s post-procedure instructions and take any prescribed medication as directed.

The amount of pain you experience in the first 24 hours will likely exceed pain from previous dental work. Your mouth and jaw may be tender and swollen, which can make it difficult to eat or drink. Try to eat soft foods until the area has healed completely.

Side effects after surgery include temporary numbness or weakness around your face and jaw and possible bleeding around the extraction site. These side effects are generally mild and go away on their own.

You can expect bleeding to subside within a week, though there may be some minor swelling for up to three weeks afterward.

Ready to get started?

Are your wisdom teeth causing you discomfort? You don’t have to suffer through the pain. In fact, we strongly recommend that you have your wisdom teeth evaluated between the ages of 16-20. If treatment is needed, this is the best time for surgical intervention.

Our board-certified oral & maxillofacial surgeons are experienced in removing wisdom teeth. Contact New Jersey Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates, P.C. today to schedule a consultation. We have three offices conveniently located in Hackensack 201-342-7353, Ridgefield 201-941-9494, or North Bergen 201-867-0404.