There are lots of variations in the number of wisdom teeth people have, ranging from none at all to as many as a dozen in some rare cases. But for most people who have wisdom teeth, they have four of them with one located in each corner of the mouth. If you are the lucky few with no wisdom teeth in your mouth then congratulations and consider yourself blessed! But if you are amongst the majority and have four wisdom teeth then you need to decide what to do with them. First you must decide to keep them or remove them. If you and your dentist or oral surgeon decided that there’s not enough room in for the wisdom teeth your jaws then you must have them removed. The next question would be how to approach this. Should you consider removing all four of them at once to get it over and done with? Or is it best to remove one or two wisdom at a time to better pace yourself and spread it out over several visits?
Pros of Removing All Wisdom Teeth at Once
1. You only go through the surgery once. Going to the dentist is annoying, getting the needle is annoying and having teeth pulled is also very, very annoying. So why would you want to go through this process more than one time? And if you are planning on some type of method of being put to sleep, particularly when going under deep sedation such as IV sedation or general anesthesia, then it only makes sense to have all four wisdom teeth removed at once.
2. You only require a single recovery period. Wisdom teeth recovery time varies significantly but the range is a few days to a few weeks. To remove each tooth individually can really drag the whole process and will require four separate recoveries which just doesn’t work as well. Dentists and oral surgeons prefer to remove the wisdom teeth all at once to get it very with just as much as patients like it.
- The easiest wisdom teeth removal cases, the ones which are fully exposed, will require 2 to 3 days to recover from
- The more difficult cases, the ones with teeth trapped under bones and gums, will typically require around a week to recover from. The majority of cases fall into this category.
- If your dentist or oral surgeon runs into complications, such as when the roots break and they have a hard time finding them and removing the pieces, then you are probably looking at well over a week of pain and discomfort afterwards
3. It’s much easier for everyone. It is by far more convenient for you, your family and your dentist or oral surgeon to remove all of your wisdom teeth at once.
- It is easier for you because you only have to prepare yourself once for the procedure, go through the workup one time, and require one round of medications, post-op appointments, recovery, suture removal, etc.
- It’s easier for your family as they only have to escort you once and help you in the recovery process one time
- It’ s also easier for your dentist or oral surgeon to do the entire procedure in one setting. Why should you care about your dentist or oral surgeon being more convenient? Lets say your dentist starts to remove one of your wisdom teeth and you feel pain, he or she can numb you up some more and proceed to remove another tooth while allowing you to get number before revisiting the tooth once it has had a chance to become fully numb. Also as your dentist removes one tooth he or she will get a better idea of how resilient your tooth and bone is which helps with removing the remaining teeth. These may sound trivial to you, but when it is easier for your dentist or oral surgeon to perform a procedure it also makes the whole experience that much more pleasant for you as well.