FAQs: Addressing Common Concerns About Wisdom Tooth Removal

Welcome to the final installment of our series on wisdom tooth removal at Argyle Associates, where we’ve been guiding you through every aspect of the wisdom tooth removal process. In this post, we’ll address some of the most frequently asked questions that our patients in Ottawa have about the procedure. This compilation of FAQs aims to clear up common uncertainties and help you feel more informed and confident about your decision to proceed with wisdom tooth extraction.

1. How do I know if I really need my wisdom teeth removed?

The need for wisdom tooth removal varies by individual. Common indications include pain, infection, cysts, tumors, damage to neighboring teeth, and gum disease. We also consider factors like impaction and potential for future dental issues. During your consultation at Argyle Associates, our oral surgeons will use X-rays or 3D imaging to assess your specific situation and provide personalized advice.

2. Is the removal of wisdom teeth painful?

You will not feel any pain during the procedure because it is performed under appropriate anesthesia, which could be local, sedation, or general, depending on your case and preferences. Post-operative discomfort is normal but typically manageable with prescribed pain medication and over-the-counter options. Following our after-care instructions will also help minimize pain.

3. What is the typical recovery time after wisdom tooth extraction?

Recovery varies depending on the individual and the complexity of the extraction (e.g., whether the teeth were impacted). Generally, patients begin to feel much better after three days and continue to improve from there. However, it’s advisable to avoid strenuous activities for at least a week to ensure a smooth recovery.

4. Can I go back to school or work the next day?

We generally recommend taking a few days off from school or work to allow for initial recovery. If your job involves physical labor or if you are still taking narcotic pain medication, you may need a longer recovery period. Each patient’s response to surgery varies, so it’s best to plan for more time rather than less.

5. What are the risks of wisdom tooth removal?

As with any surgery, there are potential risks, which may include dry socket, nerve damage, infection, or prolonged bleeding. However, these complications are relatively rare and typically manageable. Argyle Associates takes all necessary precautions to minimize risks and will discuss these with you thoroughly during your pre-operative consultation.

6. Will I be left with stitches after my surgery?

It’s common to have stitches after wisdom tooth removal. These are usually self-dissolving and will disappear on their own after a few days. We’ll let you know how to care for them and whether a follow-up visit is necessary to ensure proper healing.

7. How can I prevent a dry socket?

You can reduce the risk of developing a dry socket by avoiding smoking, spitting, and drinking through a straw for at least 48 hours after surgery. Stick to soft foods, and follow our detailed oral hygiene instructions carefully.


We hope this FAQ has addressed some of your key concerns about wisdom tooth removal. If you have more questions or if you’re ready to schedule a consultation, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (613) 778-8888 or via email at patientservices@argyleassociates.com. At Argyle Associates, we’re dedicated to providing top-notch oral healthcare in a comforting and professional environment. Let us help you through your wisdom tooth removal process with the utmost care and expertise.

Remember, removing your wisdom teeth can lead to significant long-term benefits for your oral health and comfort. Trust Argyle Associates to guide you smoothly through this common but important procedure.