Wisdom Teeth Removal FAQ

Wisdom Teeth Removal FAQ in Layton, UT

When it comes to surgery for your child, you’ve got lots of questions. We understand, and we hope that the guide we’ve created below will provide you with the answers you’re looking for and calm any anxiety you may have. Rest assured, your teenager is in expert hands at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons of Utah, and we take your faith in us and our expertise very seriously.

How long should my child take off for wisdom teeth removal?

They will probably be too sleepy to do much the first day of your recovery, but most patients are back to their normal activities within 3-4 days.

Does wisdom teeth removal hurt?

No! In fact, your teenager will be adequately anesthetized and won’t feel a thing. It isn’t uncommon for patients to have soreness for a few days following the surgery as the anesthesia wears off. Before surgery, we will discuss pain control methods and set you up with any necessary prescriptions so that they remain comfortable at home as well.

Should my child have all four wisdom teeth removed at once?

Not necessarily. We assess each patient’s oral health thoroughly as we determine the best course of action for each unique case. Sometimes only one or two third molars need to be removed. But removing them all at one time means fewer surgeries if more need to be removed down the road.

Is the third day the worst after wisdom tooth removal?

The third day is typically when the swelling reaches its maximum which means any pain is also its worst around that time. However, our patients who stay on top of interchanging Tylenol with Ibuprofen and ice consistently the first few days manage any discomfort with no problems.

Will my child be sedated during their wisdom teeth removal?

It’s up to them. We have a variety of options of anesthesia to accommodate different patients’ needs, and we discuss anesthesia preferences prior to the surgery day.  With IV sedation, which is the most common method, your child will be asleep during the whole procedure.

IV conscious sedation is administered safely in our office to get your child through oral surgery with no anxiety.  During the entire procedure, they are continually monitored for every vital sign. They will also be breathing on their own, unlike with hospital general anesthesia where they’d be intubated with a breathing tube during surgery.

It doesn’t require that much medication to keep your teenager asleep during surgery since the first thing that we do once they are asleep is numb all the surgical sites. Once they are numb and comfortable, it takes relatively low amounts of medicine to keep them asleep during the surgery.