Summer Is Wisdom Tooth Extraction Season

Is wisdom tooth extraction in your future?

If you haven’t had your wisdom teeth removed, chances are good that you will have to eventually. Most teens and young adults need to have their wisdom teeth removed. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, nine out of every 10 people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth. The third molars also frequently give rise to other oral health concerns, including gum disease and overcrowding in the mouth.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction Season

Instead of waiting for your (or your child’s) third molars to cause a problem, why not schedule your wisdom tooth removal during summer break?

What to Expect on Wisdom Tooth Extraction Day

The thought of getting your wisdom teeth pulled may be a little nerve-wracking, particularly if any of yours are impacted.

Put your worries to rest. Your oral surgeon offers a range of anesthesia options for pain-free tooth extraction, and in most cases, patients can choose their preferred method.

Whether you choose oral sedation, laughing gas or intravenous (IV) sedation, you won’t feel any pain or discomfort during the tooth removal procedure. In fact, you may not feel anything at all, because depending on the type anesthesia used, you may not be able to remember having oral surgery.

Recovering from Wisdom Tooth Extraction

How much pain will you be in after getting your wisdom teeth pulled? That depends on the difficulty of your oral surgery.

Ice packs and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are usually all most patients need to manage post-extraction pain. These measures also help to minimize the swelling.

For the first 48 hours after tooth removal, you should avoid strenuous physical activity — which means no sports, exercise or heavy lifting. And for at least a few days, you’ll have to stick to a soft-food diet.

Scheduling Your Wisdom Tooth Procedure

Having your wisdom teeth pulled is pain-free. And if you follow your aftercare instructions, recovery is generally smooth. Why, then, is summer break an ideal time for third molar extraction?

While most people can return to their regular daily activities within a few days of having their wisdom teeth removed, not everyone has such a short recovery time. With impacted teeth or other complex oral surgery procedures, healing can take several days longer. And, although rare, complications like dry socket or infection can extend the recovery period.

For students, scheduling the procedure during summer break provides plenty of time for healing. They won’t have to worry about recovering in time to get back to school or college. For parents, the rigors of school functions, practices and projects ease up during the break, offering some much-needed downtime for healing.

At Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah, serving the greater Salt Lake City area, we specialize in tooth extraction, oral surgery procedures and placing dental implants. Contact our Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan or Tooele office today to schedule your wisdom tooth extraction appointment before another summer slips away.