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A 41-year-old member asked:

How long do wisdom tooth extractions usually last?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
Cosmetic Dentistry 50 years experience
Depends: Depends on how many and where they exactly are. After the local anesthetic is sufficiently working, I have spent as little as 5-10 minutes to get all 4 wisdom teeth, and I have also spent 2 hours to get all 4 wisdom teeth. Too many variables to quote a time at this time.
Dr. Daniel Quon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 42 years experience
Depends: The time required for extraction of teeth may depend upon the position and location of the teeth, number of teeth to be removed, amount of tooth structure present, your age and physical status, anesthetic options with or without sedation, where your surgery is performed, the person performing your surgery and where the procedure is performed.
Dr. R Lee Hinson
Dentistry 38 years experience
Depending on: Location, position, and related surgical difficulty, the surgery can take from as little as a minute or two up to around 15 minutes per tooth. In rare cases even a little longer. (this timing begins after anesthesia is on board and everything is ready). Ask your doctor what is expected in your situation.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Normally, how long would the pain from wisdom tooth extraction usually last?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
1 to 14 days: Can't predict the extent or length of pain since every extraction is different and everyone has a different tolerance to pain.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Normally, how long would the pain of wisdom tooth extraction last?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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1 day to 1 week: Very hard to predict how you will react to the surgery since it is unknown how fast you heal, your pain tolerance, and the difficulty of the extraction.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How long does bleeding last after wisdom tooth extraction?

4 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. TED FEDER
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 40 years experience
Up to 24 hours: You should not bleed profusely at all. Oozing can last up to 24 hours. Pressure is the best way to stop bleeding. In the mouth, place a moistened teabag on the site and close for 30 min without letting up. The pressure over 30 minutes, plus the tannic acid in the tea will promote coagulation.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What are the complications from wisdom tooth extractions?

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Dr. Mark Venincasa
Cosmetic Dentistry 35 years experience
Infection: The most important thing is to follow the instructions of the surgeon. Eating a softer more homogenous diet will help to assure that larger food particles will not get pushed into the socket and cause an infection. Other possible complications include jaw joint problems, breakage of an adjacent tooth, numbness of the lip or part of the face, among others. Complications are relatively rare....
A 38-year-old member asked:

How long should swelling last after wisdom tooth extraction?

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Dr. TED FEDER
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 40 years experience
Average 4 days: Recovery from any surgery depends on many factors, from patient age and health, to the difficulty of the surgery. Were the teeth erupted or deeply impacted? Some people go back to school or work the next day, others can take up to a week.

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