Sleeping After Wisdom Teeth Removal: What You Need to Know About the Procedure and Recovery

Wisdom teeth or third molars often erupt during adulthood. By this time, the mouth has developed a complete set of teeth, and the size of the jaw has stopped growing. It could be the reason why wisdom teeth frequently become difficult. When there is no room in the mouth for another molar, or when the third molar stands out in an awkward position, it typically results in complications.


Wisdom Teeth Removal Becomes Necessary if:

  • Wisdom Teeth is Causing Damage to Other Teeth
  • Wisdom Teeth is Causing Jaw Damage
  • Wisdom Teeth is Causing Inflamed Gums
  • Wisdom Teeth is Causing Cavities
  • Wisdom Teeth is Affecting the Teeth Alignment

When Should My Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?

Wisdom teeth should be removed early to avoid surgical complications and decrease the risk of potential problems during surgery. It is encouraged to have wisdom teeth removed prior to breaking the surface, due to the risk of infection. If the teeth do impact gum surface, the surgery will be more difficult to perform. The longer one waits, the longer the recovery time will be and there is a much higher risk of procedure complication. The typical recovery time is two to three days of resting and avoiding any strenuous activity, accompanied by a soft food diet for three to seven days.

Is a wisdom teeth removal really necessary?

New York Oral Surgeon, Adam S. Brisman, D.M.D. understand that each patient is unique and so are their teeth. Whether or not you need to have your wisdom teeth removed by a dentist, we really depend on the size of your palate. If you have plenty of room for all of your teeth and your third molars, they can stay in place. There is no point in removing something that grows in straight and is healthy. However, any tooth that grows in impacted needs to be removed because it is posing a direct threat to your other teeth and roots in addition to being a target for infections. The best way to find out if your wisdom teeth should be removed is to call (212) 348-0020 and schedule an appointment. We can make a recommendation and answer any other questions you have about the procedure itself.

How long is wisdom teeth removal recovery time?

The first 48 hours are critical since this is when you may experience bleeding, pressure, and swelling. After this, it can take a week or two to recover. Your actual recovery time will be based on the procedure and whether or not your wisdom teeth removal was completed with surgery. We might prescribe something to help with pain, but only in moderation as we do not want you to need to seek out addiction treatment.

Remember These Tips If You’re Planning To Remove Your Wisdom Teeth

To facilitate healing after wisdom teeth removal, make sure you get plenty of rest. Drink lots of water and avoid alcoholic, caffeinated and hot beverages for the first 24 to 48 hours. And of course, everyone’s favorite part of the healing process, eat soft foods such as ice cream and yogurt for the first day. You can add in soups one to two days after the procedure, but stay away from hard or chewy foods for one to two weeks.

If your dentist recommends getting your wisdom teeth taken out, it could be for one of the following reasons:

  1. They become impacted. This means that the wisdom teeth don’t come through and become trapped in the jaw, under the gums. Impacted wisdom teeth damage to nearby teeth and bone.
  2. There isn’t enough space for them. This can cause damage to nearby teeth, crowding, and pain.
  3. They don’t come in correctly. Wisdom teeth that come in partially or aren’t in the right position can make flossing more difficult, allowing food and bacteria to become trapped and cause problems.

Schedule a consultation and let our best surgeons assess your teeth. The only way to find out if your wisdom teeth must be removed is through an X-ray, and then analyzing its results. Get your questions asked during your consultation, our highly trained medical staff will be glad to provide answers. For the healthiest teeth and mouth possible, call BIOS to schedule an appointment today.