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A 38-year-old member asked:

Is wisdom tooth extraction a major surery?

4 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 55 years experience
Wisdom tooth surgery: 'major surgery'? Not as much as open heart surgery but more than an a suture for a slight cut. The term is subjective and the range of difficulty and recuperation varies widely. Why not discuss your particular circumstances with an oral surgeon (or general dentist)?
Dr. Donald Cohen
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 43 years experience
It depends: It definitely is not major surgery but if you are given intravenous anesthesia it is more serious than with just local anesthesia. Dr. Sandler's answer is correct and i would also recommend you have someone take a look at your right upper cuspid (eye tooth) as it looks to be out of position.
Dr. Donald Cohen
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 43 years experience
Provided original answer
I agree.
Nov 8, 2013
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Minor, but: Minor, compared to heart or brain surgery. Major, compared to mole removal. Bigger operation for age 48 than 18. In the hands of a board certified oral surgeon, should be a routine procedure.
Dr. Isaac Datikashvili
emergency dentist 17 years experience
Usually no: Oral Surgery in general is considered minor surgery however depending on your medical history and the location of the wisdom tooth, some may be more difficult than others to remove, its best to consult with your oral surgeon.
Last updated Oct 1, 2021

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