Questions about wisdom teeth?  You’re not alone 🙂 Here are some of the top questions we receive from patients about wisdom teeth removal. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Wisdom Teeth Removal

  1. Does everyone need to have their wisdom teeth removed? No, the truth of the matter is that not everyone will need to have their wisdom teeth removed. But the challenge is that you cannot always tell on your own if removal is necessary. That is why I always recommend coming in so that I can evaluate your situation from multiple angles and with the help of technology to see if treatment is necessary. 
  2. Will they make my teeth crowded if I don’t get them out? One of the primary reasons to remove wisdom teeth is because they often don’t have enough room to grow properly. This can cause wisdom teeth to grow at various angles in the jaw that can lead to crowding or damaging nearby teeth, among other problems. 
  3. How much swelling will I have when they get removed? Typically, the amount of swelling is proportional to the complexity of the procedure. This means that if the wisdom teeth are easily located and straightforward to remove then you usually see less swelling than if the teeth are more difficult to remove. Swelling can also be minimized by applying ice packs to the face and restricting your physical activities immediately following the surgery. 
  4. How long should I be off my feet post surgery? Typical recovery is 2-3 days after removal. 
  5. Am I going to be ‘put to sleep’ for the procedure? Yes, to ensure the total comfort of the patient, an oral drug will be taken and within a few minutes, the patient will be completely asleep. Unlike traditional IV Sedation, this approach eliminates the IV injection (no needles – yay!) and dramatically reduces the grogginess following the procedure. The patient will be monitored closely by our team and CRNA throughout the entirety of the procedure. After the patient is asleep, a local anesthetic will be used to numb the surgical sites and prevent pain upon waking.
  6. Can you do them as a dentist? Do I need to be referred? Wisdom teeth extraction is a procedure that I have studied, performed, and specialize in. It’s also one of the procedures that I enjoy most and take great pride in ensuring total patient comfort and excellent clinical care. 


If you have any additional questions, please call / text our office and we’ll be happy to provide further information for you. 801-486-3887

And to do all that we can to help your recovery be as comfortable as possible, we’ve created the ‘Ultimate Wisdom Teeth Recovery Package’, complete with:

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