Wisdom Teeth FAQ
Frequently Asked Wisdom Teeth Removal Questions
Why choose NOVA Dental Anesthesia for the removal of your wisdom teeth?
● Free wisdom tooth consultation and second opinion
● Wisdom teeth will be removed by an experienced surgeon
● Comprehensive post-operative care and follow-up
● With our complete range of sedation options provided by our in-house dentist anesthesiologist
there’s no reason for any discomfort during your procedure
● Give us a call today! NOVA Dental Anesthesia Phone Number 703-672-6919
Does everyone have to get his or her wisdom teeth removed?
No, but most people do. From time to time, we see a patient whose wisdom teeth appear to have fit
nicely in the mouth and thus do not need removal, but they are still prone to disease and infection and must be monitored for life.
When is the best time to get wisdom teeth removed?
Between the ages of 17-25, before the roots have fully developed and entwined themselves in the
nerves located in the jawbone, making removal much more complicated and a more lengthy recovery.
Do all four teeth have to be pulled?
Sometimes we only need to remove one or two, and sometimes three or four. We will assess your
case thoroughly to determine the best course of action.
Is it true that the surgery takes less than two hours?
Most often, yes! The length of your wisdom teeth removal procedure depends on the number of teeth we are removing, the severity of impaction, and several other factors. You will be comfortable the whole time with our array of sedation options.
How long does recovery take after wisdom teeth removal?
On the first day of your recovery, you will probably be too sleepy to do much, but most patients are back to their normal activities within 3-4 days.
Does it hurt to have your wisdom teeth removed?
During the procedure, you won’t feel a thing. However, you may have soreness for a few days
following the surgery as the anesthesia wears off. We will discuss pain control methods and set you up with any necessary prescriptions ahead of time so that you remain comfortable at home as well.
Will I be awake for the extraction?
We have a variety of levels of anesthesia to accommodate different patients’ needs. We will discuss
your anesthesia preferences prior to your surgery day.
What does “impacted” mean?
Impacted wisdom teeth are those that are not able to fully erupt through the gums or bone. It is a
very common condition, and the number one reason that wisdom teeth end up needing removal. In fact, 9 out of 10 people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth.
What is “dry socket”?
Dry socket is a temporary complication that arises when a blood clot becomes dislodged from the
extraction site, exposing tissue. The condition can be painful, but luckily most cases can be avoided by following home-care instructions including the avoidance of straws and smoking.