Wisdom Teeth Removal: What to Expect

When it is time to remove your wisdom teeth, choose an oral surgeon who has the background and experience to give you a good experience and minimize swelling.

With wisdom teeth removal, many times we are asked afterward what can the patient can expect with regard to swelling, discomfort, and limited jaw opening. I am very fortunate with my training and my abilities to be able to remove even the most involved impacted teeth with minimal incision surgery.

The procedure is done inside the mouth. With two small incisions and with a minimum amount of gum reflection, I can remove the lower and upper wisdom teeth. The advantage is that with small incisions the patients have less swelling. They also have a greater ability to open their jaws after surgery, and they tend to have less discomfort and indeed a faster recovery. So, whereas it might have taken a week or greater for some patients in the past to recover from their wisdom tooth surgery, many of our patients after three or four days are back to their normal activities. During your recovery, try using ice packs and enjoy softer food choices.

I think much of this success has to do with the background and experience of the dentist who is doing the procedure. After viewing an x-ray and examining the patient, I can develop a plan to remove those teeth, and plan my surgery incision in such a way that there is minimal guesswork regarding how the teeth will be removed.

Not only do I have the training, but I have the proper instrumentation in the office and a properly trained team to allow us to do these procedures with tiny incisions and with minimal trauma to the patient during surgery.

There is no question that an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, who is specially trained to remove wisdom teeth in a residency program, and then takes out hundreds of teeth every year, develops a tremendous amount of experience and expertise.

Dr. Leonard Spector