What’s it like to have your wisdom teeth removed?

Getting your wisdom teeth taken out can seem scary, but in fact there’s no need to worry as the procedure is quite straightforward. What’s more, you won’t feel any pain during the surgery thanks to the anaesthetic. If you’d like to know more about what it’s like to have your wisdom tooth removed, then read this blog post to find out.

What’s a wisdom tooth extraction like?

Before the surgery. Before the surgery, you’ll meet with your surgeon to go over the procedure. The surgeon will ask about any health problems you have and any medications you’re taking. You can also use this opportunity to ask questions.

The surgery itself. Wisdom tooth removal is a relatively easy procedure and it can usually be done in fewer than 45 minutes. First, you’ll receive an anaesthetic so that you don’t feel any pain. Then, the surgeon will take the wisdom tooth out. The surgeon might need to cut your gums or bone to get to the tooth; if this is the case, then the surgeon will close the wound afterwards with stitches. You will also receive gauze pads to soak up the blood.

After the surgery. Once the surgery is over, we recommend that you go home and rest. You’ll need someone to drive you home if you received a general anaesthetic or sedative as it’s unsafe to drive under the effects of these medications.

Can I go back to work after the surgery?

Most people can return to school or work the day after the surgery. You will probably have swollen cheeks for a few days but this shouldn’t prevent you from doing your everyday activities.

Will I feel any pain?

You won’t feel pain during the surgery thanks to the anaesthetic. The only slight pain you’ll feel is when the surgeon injects the anaesthetic into your mouth. This is only a prick, however. If you’re scared of needles, then the surgeon will re-assure you.

After the surgery, you will notice some swelling and discomfort, especially as the anaesthetic wears off. Your surgeon will prescribe you with painkillers to help you manage. Most people find that the swelling and pain naturally go away on their own after a few days. Do see your dentist if the pain persists, however, as it could be a symptom of a condition known as dry socket, which is where the protective blood clot over the wound gets dislodged.


We hope that you’re now more informed about what wisdom tooth extraction entails. If you think that you need your wisdom teeth taken out, then why not make an appointment with one of our dentists? We’ll be more than happy to take a look at your teeth and let you know if you need surgery. Or if want to talk to us about any other dental matter, we’re here for you.