Wisdom Tooth Removal

Wisdom teeth often cause more harm than good, which is why so many people have them removed in their late teens or early twenties. Removing wisdom teeth comes with many benefits, some of which you may not even realize. While wisdom tooth removal may seem scary, it’s a common and safe surgical procedure. 

At Oral Facial and Implant Specialists, our experienced oral surgeons are experts in wisdom tooth removal. If you are searching for wisdom tooth removal in the Deer Park or surrounding area, we are here for you. Call us at (847) 381-0106 or complete the online booking form for a consultation.

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth (third molars) are the four permanent adult teeth located in the back of your mouth, the teeth furthest away from your front teeth. They typically erupt during the late teenage years or early adulthood, which is why they’re called “wisdom” teeth. 

Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?

When wisdom teeth come in, they often don’t have enough space to erupt fully. This can cause them to become impacted, meaning they’re stuck within the jawbone and gums, or grow out at odd angles and can cause a whole host of problems. 

Some common issues associated with wisdom teeth include: 

  • Jaw pain: Jaw pain from wisdom teeth is often caused by the teeth pushing against adjacent teeth and causing discomfort. 
  • Infection: If not removed, wisdom teeth can cause infection in the gums and other oral tissues. The most common is pericoronitis, an infection of the gum tissue around the crown of the tooth that can lead to painful swelling, redness, and even fever.
  • Damage to adjacent teeth: The pressure from impacted wisdom teeth can lead to damage or misalignment of nearby teeth. If there is insufficient space to clean the area around a wisdom tooth, the second molar directly in front could be negatively impacted. The lack of space can lead to gum disease, bone loss, and decay around the tooth. 
  • Cysts and tumors: Cysts and tumors are enlargements that form around the wisdom tooth. If left untreated, these cysts or tumors can damage your jawbone, teeth, and even nerves. 
  • Overcrowding: Wisdom teeth can cause overcrowding in your mouth, making it difficult to clean and care for all of your teeth properly. Wisdom teeth can push adjacent teeth together, creating an environment where bacteria and plaque can build up. 

When these problems are left untreated, they can become serious oral health issues. That’s why it’s important to have wisdom teeth evaluated regularly and, when needed, removed.

Benefits of Removal

Benefits of wisdom teeth extraction include improved oral hygiene, decreased risk of infection and damage to adjacent teeth, and reduced discomfort. Patients who have their wisdom teeth removed also report:

  • Less jaw pain
  • Fewer headaches
  • Better alignment of their other teeth
  • Improved ability to chew and speak

Preparing for Removal

You will discuss your medical history with your oral surgeon at your consultation. Be sure to tell them about medications you take regularly and pre-existing conditions. Your doctor will give you pre and post-surgical instructions. Please read and follow them carefully. 

If you are receiving I.V. sedation or general anesthesia, you must:

  • Arrange for a ride home after the surgery 
  • Have a light supper and refrain from eating or drinking anything after midnight  

The morning of surgery:

  • You may take prescription medications with a very small sip of water (oral surgeon approval required)
  • Do not eat or drink anything
  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • Remove jewelry
  • Do not wear makeup or lipstick 
  • Do not wear contact lenses
  • Remove dark/opaque finger nail polish

The Removal Procedure

Before the procedure begins, you will receive a local anesthetic, IV sedation, or nitrous oxide if required.

The removal process generally takes between 30 minutes to an hour, depending on how many teeth are being removed and the complexity of the surgery.

The surgeon will use specialized tools called elevators and forceps, to remove the tooth from the socket. Some teeth require sectioning before being removed, meaning the surgeon cuts the tooth into sections to make it easier to remove them. If your teeth are impacted, the surgeon will make a small incision in the gum to gain access. The gum tissue will be closed with sutures following extraction. 


Feeling some pain and discomfort after the procedure is normal, and it will likely take a few days before you feel back to normal. You can expect swelling in the days following surgery and may also experience bleeding from the surgery site. If this occurs, bite down on a piece of gauze for 30-45 minutes. If bleeding persists, change the piece of gauze and bite down for an additional 30-45 minutes. To minimize swelling, place an ice pack to the outside of your face for 20 minutes at a time, 20 minutes on, and 20 minutes off. 

You should eat a soft diet for 3 to 4 days after surgery, eat regular meals throughout the day, and drink plenty of water. Your oral surgeon will also provide further instructions on caring for your mouth after the surgery, including when it is safe to resume normal activities such as brushing and flossing. Contact your oral surgeon immediately if you experience any signs of infection, such as fever, severe pain, or swelling. 

What Are the Risks?

Though serious complications are rare, there are risks associated with wisdom tooth removal, including infection, nerve damage, and dry socket. 

Dry socket occurs when the blood clot at the extraction site gets dislodged, and the socket then becomes exposed to air, food, and bacteria. To avoid dry socket, you must not use a straw or spit for at least 48 hours after the surgery. 

Smoking after surgery also increases the risk of complications. To minimize risk, you must follow your oral surgeon’s instructions before and after the procedure.


  • Wisdom teeth (third molars) are the four permanent adult teeth located in the back of your mouth, the teeth furthest away from your front teeth.
  • Common issues associated with wisdom teeth include:
    • Jaw pain 
    • Infection 
    • Damage to adjacent teeth 
    • Cysts and tumors 
    • Overcrowding
  • Benefits of having wisdom teeth removed include:
    • Less jaw pain
    • Fewer headaches
    • Better alignment of their other teeth
    • Improved ability to chew and speak
  • Recovery takes several days.
    • Eat soft foods and drink plenty of water
    • Limit physical activity
    • Take any medications prescribed by your surgeon 
    • Reduce swelling with ice packs applied to the outside of the face

Professional Wisdom Tooth Removal in Deer Park

Having your wisdom teeth removed doesn’t need to be a stressful experience. The team at Oral Facial and Implant Specialists can make the extraction process comfortable and stress-free. We also understand that it’s important to have as much information as possible when making decisions about your oral health, and we strive to provide our patients with the highest level of care.

If you’re considering having your wisdom teeth removed, contact us at Oral Facial and Implant Specialists to learn more about the procedure and how it can benefit you. If you are searching for wisdom tooth removal  in the Deer Park or surrounding area, we are here for you. Call us at (847) 381-0106 or complete the online booking form for a consultation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Many Days Do I Need Off for Wisdom Tooth Removal?

The amount of time you need off following wisdom tooth removal will depend on the complexity of your surgery. Generally, people take 1-3 days off work depending on their profession and how comfortable they are with the healing process. While everyone is different, it is important to take it easy and allow your body to heal. 

Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Wisdom teeth removal is a personal decision that should be made together with an oral surgeon. Generally, wisdom tooth extraction is recommended when the teeth are causing problems such as overcrowding, impaction, infection, or decay. Removal of wisdom teeth can also help to prevent future problems.

What Can I Expect After Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Most people experience some pain, swelling, and discomfort following wisdom tooth extraction. You should plan to take it easy for the first few days after surgery and eat soft foods until you are more comfortable. Your oral surgeon will provide you with further instructions on how to care for your mouth after the surgery.

Can I Brush My Teeth After Removal?

You should wait at least 24 hours before brushing your teeth after wisdom tooth removal. During the first 24 hours, use a salt-water rinse to keep the area clean. Once you are able to start brushing again, be gentle and avoid the extraction site for the first few days.

Can I Exercise After Removal?

It is best to wait at least 24-48 hours before engaging in any strenuous physical activity. During the first few days, avoid activities that involve a lot of face or jaw movement such as running and contact sports. Your oral surgeon can provide you with further instructions on when it is safe to resume normal activities. 

How Long Will Bleeding Last?

It is normal to experience some bleeding for the first 2-3 hours following surgery. You may also try biting down on a moistened tea bag for 30 minutes to help with any bleeding that gauze does not control.  If the bleeding continues, contact your oral surgeon immediately.

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