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Is removing wisdom teeth major surgery?

I am a 27 year old male. I want to know if removing wisdom teeth is major surgery?

11 Answers

It depends on if you're being sedated and if they're impacted. I would discuss this with your dentist or oral surgeon.
Yes and NO, On average removal of wisdom teeth is a minor surgery, but if there are certain anatomical conditions then it could be major. The best way to know is to get the opinion of a qualified Oral Surgeon.
Each patient is different but most wisdom teeth extractions are considered major surgery simply because of the difficulty, and many of them have to be refereed to an oral surgeon.
Any surgery carries some risk. But most patients will recover within 1-3 days.
This depends on whether or not they are impacted in the bone. Full boney impactions will probably require you to undergo sedation during the extractions and will take about 2 days recovery. Unimpacted teeth are easier to extract and will only need 1 day's recovery, whether you sleep or stay awake for the procedure.
Nope, we consider as a minor surgery.
It depends on the position and the type of anesthesia you choose.Depending on the degree of impaction, yes it could be major.
Not major surgery...but it is surgery, and if not done in an appropriate and timely manner, it could become major surgery.

William C. Storoe IV, DDS

Everyone's experience is different, and their perspective is different. The degree of surgery done is relative to the position of YOUR teeth specifically and how impacted they are. You should discuss this with your surgeon in consultation, reviewing your X-rays and specific issues.

No, removing wisdom teeth is not major surgery. Some involve more than others depending on the way the teeth are facing and the root length and structure, but it is not what I would define as major surgery. It is not life-threatening and not something that will put out for more than an hour or an hour and a half. The recovery time is usually a day or two to be functional again.
Hope this helps.

My best to you!

William F. Scott IV, DMD