Wisdom Teeth Removal: The Basics

If you’ve ben told it’s time to take out your wisdom teeth, there’s a good chance you may be panicking. Many patients fear their wisdom teeth removal, yet nearly 85 percent of people need to have their wisdom teeth extracted in their life. The procedure is more common than you may think, and should only take a few days to recover from.

Just like any other medical procedure, it’s important to know the basics of your wisdom teeth surgery before you head to the surgeon's office.

Why You Need to Remove Your Wisdom Teeth

Your wisdom teeth are a third set of molars that are located in the back of your mouth on the top and the bottom. Usually, when teenagers hit 17, we recommend beginning to consider removing the wisdom teeth once they’re visible on X-rays.


There are three main reasons for removing your wisdom teeth:

  • Your mouth isn’t big enough. Typically, your jaw does not have room for an extra set of molars, and if you don’t remove them, they could begin to push against your other teeth and even shift them.

  • They’re impacted. Because they’re located in the very back of your mouth, it’s common for wisdom teeth to grow in abnormally, or impacted. They can become trapped in your jawbone or gums, and may grow in sideways, which can be very painful.

  • You have cavities or gum disease. Reaching your wisdom teeth with a toothbrush and dental floss can be tricky, and if the teeth have cavities or are causing other health conditions in your mouth, you may want to remove them to prevent further issues.

Removal Preparations

Before your surgery, make sure you ask your oral surgeon any questions you may have about the surgery, and make sure he/she is aware of any health conditions you may have. You will also discuss what type of anesthesia you will have during your surgery. You may choose to simply be numbed locally or to be asleep during your surgery through IV sedation or general anesthesia.

Prepare to take time off from school or work the day of your surgery, and if necessary take 2-3 days off after. Arrange a ride to and from your appointment and have someone to help you at home once your surgery is over if possible.

The Typical Surgery

During your procedure, your surgeon may have to cut into your gums or bone to get the wisdom teeth out, which means you’ll have stitches and possibly some gauze to soak up any blood. These stitches usually dissolve after a few days.


Your surgery should only take 45 to an hour or less, and you may need to stay in the office for some time afterward to let the effects of your anesthesia wear off.


Contact Robert A. Neal, DDS Family Dentistry for Your Dental Needs!

If you have any questions about getting your wisdom teeth removed, contact the team at Robert A. Neal, DDS Family Dentistry for all your needs. Our team will provide the best possible care for every member of your family, no matter their age.


Call our office today at (972) 200-0656 to schedule an appointment and learn more about our services!

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