After Wisdom Teeth Removal

There is a good chance if you are reading this that you have just had, or are about to have surgery for wisdom teeth removal. Don’t worry, you are not alone. Millions of people are required to have their wisdom teeth removed. This site will walk you through many of the common questions that people have before and after wisdom teeth removal.



Do I Have Wisdom Teeth?

If you are unsure if you have wisdom teeth or not, you can contact your dentist and they will likely perform an X-ray to determine if you have wisdom teeth. After the X-ray, the dentist will tell you if you require wisdom teeth removal or not and what type of method they would recommend.



About Wisdom Teeth

If you have wisdom teeth you will find them at the back of your mouth as the last row of teeth in your mouth. Wisdom teeth usually start to erupt from the gums after you turn 16 years old. Not everyone develops wisdom teeth and of those that do, many will never break out the gum.

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth can cause problems for some people and they may need to have a wisdom teeth removal procedure to prevent further oral complications. If you are having trouble with your wisdom teeth it is best to consult with an accredited dentist. The dentist will be able to determine if you need to undergo a wisdom teeth removal procedure.



Common Reasons For Wisdom Teeth Removal?

The majority of people need to have their wisdom teeth extracted because of Impaction, Potential Impaction or Partial eruption.



Impaction refers to the tooth remaining within the gum. This can cause problems if the tooth is on an angle and starts to push against other teeth within your mouth.


Partial eruption

Partial eruption refers to the tooth protruding from the gum but failing to move out completely.  This can lead to the tooth being partially covered by gum which negatively impacts on the ability of a person to clean the tooth and can also cause reoccurring infection within the gum.



How Much Does Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost?

If you do not have private health cover a single tooth can cost you upwards of $200. Obviously if you have private health cover then it will depend on the insurance coverage you have but it is common for each tooth to be under $80.


If the teeth are impacted then the cost of removal will be higher. It will also cost more to go in for general anesthetic than it will for local anesthetic.



What Is Involved in Wisdom Teeth Removal?

If you are unsure about what is involved in wisdom teeth removal please take a look at the following video which clearly shows the procedure.

There are two main methods of wisdom teeth removal, a lot will depend on your individual situation and how easily the dentist feels the teeth can be removed.


Local Anesthetic

If you are only having one or two teeth extracted then the dentist may decide to perform the procedure in the dental surgery under local anesthetic. This means that you will be awake during your wisdom teeth removal surgery, but you will be under local anesthetic to ensure you do not feel any pain.


After the dentist has administered the local anesthetic, they will loosen the area around your tooth and then move the tooth back and forwards until it is able to be extracted completely.


General Anesthetic

If the dentist feels that your teeth will be difficult to remove they will recommend that you have general anesthetic. This means that you will be asleep for the wisdom teeth removal surgery and that you will not feel any pain. This method is normally preferred if the jaw bone needs to be cut into in order to remove the tooth.


When you are asleep the surgeon will begin to remove the teeth. If there was gum or jaw that needed removal, the surgeon will often stitch your gums up to aid in the healing process.



What Happens After Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Many people experience swelling, numbness, jaw stiffness and general mouth discomfort after wisdom teeth removal.


If you had local anesthetic then you can go home almost immediately after the extraction – provided you feel up to it. Most people recommend that you ask a friend or relative to drive you home after wisdom teeth removal as many insurance companies will not pay on a claim if you have an road incident while under anesthetic.


If you had general anesthetic then you should arrange for a friend or relative to take you home and stay with you for 24 hours following the surgery.


The dentist will provide you with information for care of your mouth for the coming days/weeks and ask you to refrain from eating for at least 30 minutes until your mouth regains feeling. If you require antibiotics then they will usually provide you with a script to take to your local pharmacy.



Recovery After Wisdom Teeth Removal

Your first task will be to keep biting down on gauze to try and stem to flow of bleeding. This can take up to an hour before it stops completely. Note: If the blood flow has not stopped after an hour of biting on gauze you should contact your dentist or doctor for further advice.


Avoid drinking fluids or eating for the first 30-60 minutes or until the blood has stopped flowing. Do not eat hot foods if you mouth is still numb as you will run the risk of burning yourself and reopening the blood clots. When you do start eating food, try to start on very soft foods to begin with and gradually work your way up as you gain confidence.

For a full list of foods check out – What to eat after wisdom teeth removal


24 hours after wisdom teeth removal you should start to try to rinse your mouth out with warm salt water 4-5 times a day to aid in fighting infection – this is particularly important after meals.


If your dentist prescribed you antibiotics that you should also be taking them as directed to avoid infection.


Be sure to continue brushing your teeth after wisdom teeth removal, although do so gently and carefully to avoid dislodging blood clots or stitches.



More Information

For more information you could check out YouTube wisdom teeth videos. Some of them will give you a good idea of what its like immediately after wisdom teeth removal surgery.