Wisdom Teeth FAQ

How long does Wisdom teeth removal surgery take?

We typically tell patients to plan for 1 – 1 ½ hours.

How long will I be off work after my Wisdom teeth are removed?

We recommend that you take off the day of the procedure and the following day. Some people require extra time as each person heals differently.

When can I wear my retainer again?

We tell patients that you can start wearing your retainer as soon as it starts to fit comfortably again.

When can I play my instrument again?

Patients should wait 7 days after surgery before playing any mouth instrument again.

When can I go back to work?

Depending on the type of work, we recommend you take 1 – 2 days off and don’t go back to work until you are off your stronger (narcotic) pain medication.

When can I go back to playing sports?

Depending on the sport, we recommend not playing for 3 – 5 days. Any type of contact sport may require additional time. You must also wait until you are off your narcotic pain medication before participating.

Will I be in pain?

Pain is subjective and everyone tolerates it differently. We are happy to discuss at your consultation the different pain management options.

What is a Dry Socket?

A painful condition occurring after an adult tooth is removed. The blood clot that should form after removal is dislodged or dissolved before the wound heals exposing underlying bone and nerves.

Why do I need to have my wisdom teeth extracted when they don’t hurt?

It is recommended to remove them earlier in life to prevent any issues in the future. Wisdom teeth removal is typically performed in your late teens/early 20s because there is less risk for complications.

When can I exercise again?

When you are off your narcotic medication and have a good caloric intake.