If you need your wisdom teeth removed, you are in good company. The majority of people don’t have room in their mouth for this third set of molars and must have them either pulled or surgically removed, as a result. It is fairly common for people to have this done in their late teens while many adults that don’t find themselves uncomfortable and needing to have them taken out until they are older. Ironically, these teeth can continue to grow with time so even if you made it through your twenties without irritation something like pregnancy can create the need for their removal. If your wisdom teeth have broken through the surface and are growing in straight, you can typically have them removed by simply getting them pulled. It is fairly easy and with sedation, you can remain comfortable. Unfortunately, more frequently people have wisdom teeth that grow in sideways or impacted. These teeth may never break through the surface, or only a portion of them may show through. This can put additional pressure on the back molars as the teeth push them. For those that have had braces to straighten their teeth, this can create damage and undo some of the previous work that was done to perfect the spacing of teeth. If you require oral surgery to have your wisdom teeth removed, it is important to understand what to expect in the 48 hours after your surgery. As a dentist, we will work to ensure that the procedure is done accurately, efficiently and under sedation so that you can remain entirely comfortable. With that in mind, you won’t have to worry about the procedure itself and can focus on the recovery afterward. Since you will be sedated when the procedure is done, you will feel sleepy and generally out of it. As such, we recommend asking someone to drive you home so that you can roll into bed and fall asleep. This is the best way to spend your recovery time – getting rest and completely relaxed. It helps to prepare your space the night before by placing extra pillows onto your bed that you can recline on. We also suggest buying water bottles, ibuprofen and soft snacks like Jello cups that you can place on your nightstand. This way you can continue to relax in bed and won’t need to walk back and forth from the kitchen. If you have a friend or family member that can stay and help you for the first 24 hours, that is preferable. They can go to and from the freezer getting you ice packs to help reduce the swelling. You can ice your face for fifteen minutes at a time to keep the swelling down, just be sure to rest your face for a full fifteen minutes in between icing. Your discomfort should be greatly reduced by keeping the swelling under control. We will also give you gauze when you leave so that you can use it control any bleeding. We may provide you with antibiotics to take as well so that you can prevent an infection from setting in. Otherwise, rinse with salt water after the first 24 hours to reduce the infection risk and keep your mouth clean.