We’ve performed 2,800+ extractions and dealt with 1,600 impactions. But we want you to understand that the wisdom tooth extraction process isn’t the same as most tooth extractions. While those involve pulling your teeth out with forceps, wisdom teeth removal is a more complex surgical procedure best left to qualified oral surgeons. During the procedure, which lasts about an hour, we may open your gums and divide your tooth into sections for removal. Though that may sound uncomfortable, we’re licensed to administer anesthesia options including general anesthesia and IV sedation, both of which put you in a pain-free, sleep-like state. You won’t even be aware of your treatment.
Unlike other teeth, wisdom teeth don’t need to be replaced, so once you have them removed you shouldn’t require additional treatments. To make sure your recovery goes smoothly, however, there are a few things that you can do to help that process. For a time, you shouldn’t rinse the area or drink anything through a straw. This is because your empty tooth sockets will naturally develop blood clots during healing. If these don’t form or become dislodged the underlying nerves and bone will be left exposed—a painful complication known as dry socket. You can prevent dry socket by strictly following all of our post-extraction instructions. If you do, you should never have to worry about other wisdom teeth-related issues for the rest of your life!