Wisdom Teeth Removal

A woman with red lipstick and a smile after undergoing wisdom teeth removal

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are typically the last teeth that erupt in the mouth, also known as third molars, in the back of your mouth. Generally, wisdom tooth eruption proceeds between the ages of 17 and 26. Particularly, the “Age of Wisdom” refers to this time. When there is a shortage of space in the dental arch, and its growing and eruption are blocked by overlying gum, bone, or another tooth, wisdom teeth become impacted. So there is a need for wisdom teeth removal.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

At first, dentists usually see wisdom teeth on dental x-rays during routine appointments with dentists. In general, your dental team can discover them before you know they’re starting to work their way to the surface. Also, wisdom teeth removal is when your dentist can most likely tell if there’s a need to remove them. Accordingly, the Canadian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons will often recommend the removal of wisdom teeth in a young adult. Since the risks of removing wisdom teeth significantly increase with age. Furthermore, dentists need to extract wisdom teeth for several reasons, which are divided into surgical and non-surgical:

Crowded Teeth

The most significant reason for most wisdom teeth removal is that there’s not sufficient space in the mouth for these new teeth. In detail, your dental x-rays will show your dentist whether or not there will be adequate space for your wisdom teeth. However, if your mouth doesn’t have adequate room and you haven’t removed your wisdom teeth, it can lead to crooked teeth, overcrowding, or even an impaction. In fact, having impacted wisdom teeth essentially means that the teeth are stuck in your bone below the gum line. Surprisingly, overcrowded teeth can be very painful and boost the risk of infection.


Wisdom teeth might get infected because they’re tougher to clean. For example, foods and bacteria can get stuck between the tooth and the gums. The space in the middle of your wisdom teeth and the back of your mouth can easily skip when brushing and flossing. Furthermore, an affected wisdom tooth may not correctly pop up through your gums. In addition, it may partly emerge, develop completely sideways or grow at an angle. A partly impacted wisdom tooth has a higher chance of infection because of its form and angle, making decay more possible. Additionally, a cavity or tooth infection happens when an overgrowth of bacteria makes holes in the outer, hard enamel layer.


Infections that are exclusive to the patient may potentially arise from a wisdom tooth impaction. Teeth that become stuck in the jawbone can cause cysts, which are like fluid-filled balloons inside the bone. They gradually enlarge and degrade the surrounding teeth and jawbone. It’s likely not going to be easy to treat if your wisdom teeth weren’t extracted when you were a teenager. It’s not always the case, but tumours and waiting too long to get your wisdom teeth out can be important.

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How Is the Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure?

If the tooth hasn’t popped up through the gum, an incision (small cut) will be made in the gum to access it. Also, dentists will remove a small part of the bone covering the tooth. Then, the tooth shrinks into smaller parts to make it easier to remove through the opening. However, making an incision might not be necessary if the tooth has come out of the gum.

Generally, you’ll experience some pressure shortly before the dentist removes your tooth. However, your oral surgeon or dentist must widen the tooth socket by rocking it back and forth before taking it out. Generally, you shouldn’t feel pain when your wisdom teeth are removed because anesthesia will numb the area. But, if you do feel pain during the procedure, tell your dentist or oral surgeon so they can give you more anesthetic.

Basically, the time it takes for a wisdom tooth extraction will vary. Simple procedures might take a few minutes, but it could take a few hours for complicated operations. Overall, the whole procedure will be like an hour, but it depends on the type of numbing agent used, how complicated the surgery is, and why you need wisdom teeth removal.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction Aftercare

Try to get as much rest as you can throughout the first several days. As a matter of fact, taking a break promotes physical relaxation, which expedites the healing process. Nevertheless, you are limited to 48 to 72 hours of intense work. Because it may rupture blood clots in surgical sites and result in the recurrence of pain and bleeding.

Put an ice pack or cold compress on your face to help reduce pain and swelling. Keep the surgical sites clean by gently soaking them in an antimicrobial mouthwash and rinsing your mouth with cold, salty water. Don’t swish too hard, because it can break up blood clots and lead to dry sockets. You can also brush your other teeth as usual, but be careful.

It’s important to take all of your medicines, like painkillers and antibiotics, because the area around your wisdom tooth could get infected. Additionally, you should wait at least three days after getting your wisdom teeth out if you must smoke. It will lessen your chances of complications and allow the socket to heal a little bit.

A woman receiving a wisdom teeth removal at the dentist's office
A woman in a green sweater and glasses smiling warmly

How long is Wisdom Teeth Removal Recovery?

In general, it should take one to two weeks for full recovery. You should be able to return to work or school in three to four days after that. However, the length of time it takes to heal is dependent on a number of factors, including how robust your body is, how many teeth there were, and how the teeth are erupting or posing issues. The teeth are more difficult to remove the longer it takes for things to improve. You must see a dentist if you have dry sockets. After therapy, anticipate that full recovery will take a few weeks.

What Can You Eat After Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

After having your wisdom teeth out, the most crucial item to think about is what to eat. It must be light and easy to chew, yet still nutrient-dense. Vanilla ice cream is actually the most effective way to stop bleeding. In addition, the following diet list is best for your treatment duration.

  • Greek Yogurt
  • Cottage cheese
  • Apple sauce
  • Avocados
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Soft fish
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Fruit smoothies (seedless)
  • Smashed fruit compote(cold)
  • light soups
  • Finely cut meats

Wisdom Tooth Removal Cost

In general, the condition of the tooth, if surgery is necessary, how many teeth need extraction, and how complex the procedure is are all factors in how much extraction of a wisdom tooth costs. Nevertheless, we consistently work to maintain fair prices.

Best Wisdom Tooth Removal near Me

If you think you need a check-up for your teeth or are unsure about your wisdom teeth, contact SkyRise Dental Office in Thornhill, Ontario, to book an appointment with our dentist. Our team schedule a meeting as soon as possible. Indeed, our goal is to bring shine to your smile.

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