21660 W. Field Parkway, Suite 220
Deer Park, IL 60010

After Extraction of Wisdom Teeth

Following Extraction Of Wisdom Teeth

Removing wisdom teeth is typically performed under local anesthesia, laughing gas (nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia), or general anesthesia. These options, as well as the surgical risks (i.e., sensory nerve damage, sinus complications), will be discussed with you prior to the procedure during your initial consultation with one of our oral surgeons. Once the teeth are removed, the gum will be sutured.

You will rest under our supervision in our practice until you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge your post-operative kit will include post-operative instructions, a prescription for pain medication, antibiotics, and a follow-up appointment after one week for suture removal. If you have any questions, please Contact us at: (847) 381-0106.

What will I feel like after wisdom teeth removal surgery?

You can limit the amount of swelling you will have by using ice wrapped in a towel at the site of the wound for the entire first day. The more ice you use the first day, the less swelling you are likely to have on other days.

By the third day you might experience some tightness in the jaw area and that your facial muscles are stiff. We recommend applying moist heat to the area.

Around the fifth day is when you are likely to feel more normal, however, please allow time for your body to heal before resuming any social, academic or athletic activities.

Types of problems that occur after wisdom teeth extraction

As with any dental procedure, there can be complications and risks. Some complications that patients undergo include:

After the procedure, our professional surgical assistants will review your post-operative information sheet with you before you leave our practice. We ask that you follow these instructions closely as they will ensure your comfort following your procedure. If you were sedated, you will experience drowsiness when you leave the practice. Most patients go home and rest for a few days. Our oral surgeons will ensure that all types of risks that can occur during your dental procedure are discussed with you ahead of time during your initial consultation.

A representation of numbness caused by damage to a sensory nerve

Damage to Sensory Nerve:

Damage to the sensory nerve (triseminal nerve) which is located within the lower jaw bone can occur particularly in older patients (those over 25) having their wisdom teeth removed. This nerve is close to the roots of the wisdom teeth and once the anesthesia wears off, you might experience some temporary tingling or numbing sensations within the lower lip, chin, teeth or tongue. Any tingling or numbing sensations should resolve itself after a few weeks, although on some occasions, this type of damage can be permanent. Your oral surgeon will discuss the risks of complications during your pre-surgical consultation.

A diagram showing the opening that can occur bewteen your mouth and sinuses

Sinus Communication:

The upper wisdom teeth are situated relatively close to your sinuses and removing the wisdom teeth can result in a bigger opening between your mouth and the sinus area. If the wisdom teeth are removed at an early age, the root formation will be minimal and complications are unlikely. There are some simple solutions you can perform to prevent complications, such as not blowing your nose for 2 to 3 days following surgery; we recommend wiping your nose instead of blowing it and if you need to sneeze, you can do so with your mouth open into a tissue. If you sense any pressure in the sinus area post-surgery.

Dry Sockets:

Dry sockets are the most common problem patients experience following dental surgery. They arise due to premature loss of a blood clot in the empty tooth socket. While both jaws can be affected, they usually occur in the lower jaw between the third and the fifth day following surgery. They cause a deep, dull, continuous aching on the affected side(s). Patients may first notice the pain starting in the ear radiating down towards the chin.

Treatment can involve changing your prescription or placing a medicated dressing in the empty tooth socket. This will alleviate the pain and protect the socket from food particles.

Following removal of the dressing, an irrigation device may be provided to help you to keep food particles from lodging in the extraction site.

A diagram depicting an infection that occurs after wisdom teeth removal


Sometimes following wisdom teeth surgery infection can occur. Our oral surgeons can prescribe antibiotics or if the infection is more serious, then the area will be drained and cleaned at our practice.

Patients might also experience: tightness within the jaw, chapped lips, bruising of the face as well as blood appearing at the wound.

Our surgical practice will provide you with a post-operative information sheet at your consultation that should help answer any additional questions. Please Contact us at: (847) 381-0106for any additional information.

Oral Facial & Implant Specialists, P.C.
Deer Park Office

21660 W. Field Parkway, Suite 220
Deer Park, IL 60010
Tel: (847) 381-0106
Fax: (847) 381-0265

Deer Park Oral Surgeons, Dr. J. Travis Thompson and Dr. Stephen Martin, manage a wide variety of problems relating to the mouth, teeth and facial regions. For more information about the oral and maxillofacial surgery services we provide, or to schedule a consultation, call our office in Deer Park, IL at Deer Park Office Phone Number (847) 381-0106.