Wisdom Teeth Removal: What Adults Should Expect

Let’s talk about what to expect for your wisdom teeth extractions (including how to prepare for your appointment, the procedure itself, and the cost).

Almost everybody gets wisdom teeth. Most of us have four of them, but some of us are lucky enough to have missing ones. And yes, a few people have extras. When there isn’t room for your third molars to come in, they can get impacted. Wisdom tooth symptoms include things like soreness, inflammation, and jaw pain. If you need to have your wisdom teeth taken out, it’s performed by a dentist or oral surgeon with or without sedation or general anesthesia.

Typical recovery takes about a week. Complications like dry sockets aren’t as common, but they’re painful and can delay your healing by an extra week or more. To find out whether you need your wisdom teeth removed or not, your dentist will need to take a full mouth panoramic X-ray to see what’s going on inside of your mouth. At that point in time, they can let you know how much your unique wisdom tooth extraction case will cost.