Should I have Two or Four Teeth Pulled at Once?

Should I have Two or Four Teeth Pulled at Once?

When you have to have one wisdom tooth removed, your comfort, at least for the first few days, is sacrificed. If you have two or more teeth pulled, you may experience additional discomfort however short-lived since recovery generally takes a few short days. The Wisdom Teeth Guys will advise you on the best pain relief aids available to help you overcome any discomfort that you may experience.

There are a number of factors that may aid in your decision of whether to have one wisdom tooth pulled at a time, or having two or more removed at once.

High Risk or All Four at Once

If you have a high risk for a complication to occur, or are having all four wisdom teeth removed at once, your dentist may prefer to perform the procedure at your local hospital for your safety.

Infection Control

If you have a dental infection that you are fighting, your dentist will likely have you begin antibiotics before the extraction procedure and you may need to continue them afterwards as well. The last thing that you would want is to have a tooth extraction complicated by an infection. Your health and safety matters to us.


Although a local anesthesia is typically used for one extraction, if you are having multiple teeth extracted, and especially if you are having all four wisdom teeth removed, you may need to have general anesthesia instead. There are always risks involved in the use of any type of anesthesia, particularly general anesthesia. However, these days, the risks are generally pretty low, though your dentist will still need to go over them with you and ask about any medications you may be taking, history, and even recreational drug use. When general anesthesia is involved, honesty, above all, is a critical factor in your safety during the procedure as there are some medications as well as recreational drugs than can create severe implications with general anesthesia medication if the dentist is not made aware of them.

Dry Socket

Some of the numerous things that the dentist will caution you against doing, at least during the first 24 hours after your procedure, are activities that involve a sucking motion or could otherwise potentially dislodge the blood clot that forms in the empty socket to aid in healing. This includes using a straw, smoking, rubbing, poking, or prodding at the socket with your tongue, finger, or anything else, or even brushing your teeth during the first 24 hours. If the blood clot becomes dislodged, the empty socket can become inflamed and very painful. While this can happen with any tooth extraction, it is more common during wisdom tooth extractions.

If you’re considering having two or more wisdom teeth removed, talk to The Wisdom Teeth Guys about your extraction options. We’re here for all of your wisdom teeth needs. Give us a call today to schedule your exam.

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