Will There Be Holes After My Wisdom Teeth Are Removed?

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Wisdom teeth are the “third molars” that come in between the ages of 17 and 25. Because many patients’ mouths are too small for these teeth, and they often emerge crooked or become impacted (stuck below the gums), they can lead to crowding and discomfort. This is why we commonly remove them. If you’re scheduled to have your wisdom teeth removed, you may have questions. Perhaps you’re curious about what to expect after the surgery and what the condition of your mouth will be. Here, we’ll answer a few questions about what you can expect during the process of getting your wisdom teeth removed.

What Happens During Wisdom Tooth Removal?

Wisdom tooth extraction is an extremely routine procedure. To ensure your safety and comfort, we will use dental sedation and anesthesia so your experience will be as stress-free and painless as possible. Once your teeth are extracted, you’ll need a trusted family member or friend to drive you home, where you should plan for plenty of time to rest and heal. Additionally, our team will send you home with recovery instructions and a prescription for the medication you may need during recovery.

Will There Be a Hole After Surgery?

After removal, there will be holes in the back of your mouth where your teeth were. Over the next few weeks, these holes will heal as new tissue fills them in. During this time of healing, it’s incredibly important to keep these areas clean by following the hygiene and dietary instructions we give you at your appointment.

What Complications Should I Watch For?

You will experience discomfort in the days following your procedure, but pain that has increased in intensity indicates a dry socket. A blood clot is supposed to form over the extraction site, which allows for growth of new tissue. However, if this clot fails to form or if it is dislodged, this exposes the sensitive underlying nerves, tissue, and bone, causing pain. If the area is not kept clean, it also increases your risk of infection. To prevent dry socket and infection:

  • Follow our gentle aftercare instructions to keep your extraction sites clean
  • Avoid vigorous swishing, rinsing, and spitting
  • Do not drink from a straw
  • Do not use tobacco products
  • Stay hydrated with plenty of water
  • Eat soft, nutritious foods like purees and warm soups (not too hot!)
  • Take your prescribed medication as needed
  • Call us if you experience anything unusual, such as a high fever, dry socket, intense pain, or excessive bleeding

Additional Questions? We Have Answers!

We want to help you feel as comfortable and confident about your upcoming wisdom teeth removal and recovery. If you have more questions about wisdom teeth extraction or any other procedure, contact our expert team today.

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