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How long is the surgery? 

The surgery will take 1 to 2 hours


1 - 2 days


Patients will need a set of dental X rays done before the procedure. Patients will also need to cease any intake of anti-inflammatory pills or anticoagulants for a few days before undergoing a wisdom tooth extraction


The average wisdom teeth removal operation is performed under partial or in some cases, general anesthesia by a dental surgeon. The procedure begins with the dentist locating the affected tooth and analyzing the surrounding area. After the anesthesia kicks in, an incision will be made in the gum line to expose the wisdom tooth. The tooth will then be carefully removed, in stages, as not to leave any parts of it behind. The bone may also need to be removed to allow access to the wisdom tooth roots. Once the tooth is removed, the dentist will use sutures to close the incision in the gum line.


The average wisdom tooth extraction recovery period may last up to a couple of weeks during which the patient will require painkillers to avoid discomfort or pain. Alcohol and smoking are prohibited during this period. Patients need to abstain from eating for a few hours after the procedure.


Wisdom tooth extraction risks and complications can include:


Side effects can include pain, numbness, and discomfort.


How long does it take to heal fully?

It can take up to a few weeks for the wound to fully heal. Most people will need recovery in around a week.

Is it painful? For how long?

Most patients will experience pain and discomfort during the first week after the procedure.

Can I eat after a wisdom tooth extraction?

Patients need to avoid solid food for a few days after the procedure.


This content is written and reviewed by our medical content team in September, 2019.