Wisdom teeth extraction is extremely common. In fact, approximately 85 percent of people will need to have their wisdom teeth extracted at some point in their lives. Not all wisdom teeth are painful. However, that is not a gauge as to whether you need them removed or not. Even if your wisdom teeth aren’t causing problems, it is usually advised to remove them to avoid a host of potential problems later down the road. The majority of people do not have enough room in their jaw for wisdom teeth to form. As a result, the wisdom teeth cannot erupt into a functional position, which can lead to infection, damage to adjacent teeth and the development of cysts. The highly skilled oral and maxillofacial team at Nebraska Medicine will ensure you receive the best surgical care and a smooth recovery.

Nebraska Medicine Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Expertise

At Nebraska Medicine, we have a highly skilled oral and maxillofacial team trained in the most advanced surgical and nonsurgical techniques. We are one of the only centers in the state that can perform a complete range of procedures, no matter what your condition. Our specialists will work with you to develop a care plan and treatment options customized to your needs. Our surgeons are board certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and are involved in the training of future surgeons in their specialty. They are up-to-date on the most current use of anesthesia, medicine and advanced surgical procedural techniques. When you choose Nebraska Medicine, you will be comforted by the wide breadth of knowledge and experience of our oral and maxillofacial surgical team

What to Expect

Wisdom teeth removal can be performed under local or intravenous (IV) anesthesia and generally requires about 45 to 60 minutes for the entire procedure. Removal of impacted wisdom teeth requires making incisions in the gums over the teeth and the removal of bone and/or cutting of the teeth. There are usually stitches placed over the surgical sites to close incisions. You may experience pain and swelling at the surgical site for the next four or five days following the procedure.

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