When should wisdom teeth be extracted?
Early removal is recommended, typically between the ages of 16 and 21 years old. However, everyone is unique and wisdom teeth develop at different times and rates. In general, wisdom tooth extraction should be completed prior to the full development of the roots.
This allows for dentist to minimize risks and complications to adjacent structures including the Inferior Alveolar Nerve, Lingual Nerve and the Maxillary Sinuses.
Typically, recovery from wisdom tooth extraction is approximately 3-4 days, however depending on the situation, it could be shorter or as long as 1 week. It’s important to follow our post-operative instruction to help minimize your recovery time.
At the time of your discharge, you and your escort will be given detailed instructions for care after your surgery. In addition to your instructions, you will be given a prescription for pain control and possibly an antibiotic. You will also be informed if sutures were placed to aid in the healing process. Generally speaking, we will use dissolvable sutures that typically last 3 -4 days.