The Before, During and After of a Wisdom Teeth Extraction Appointment
June 22, 2016
Oral Health News
Sedation Dental Group
A wisdom teeth removal appointment does not need to be a “scary” procedure. In fact, it can be as simple as any dental procedure.
That being said, a DentistsRUs – we can fully understand the concerns some people may have as they approach their appointment, so we want to help you prepare and clear up some common questions.
Before Wisdom Teeth Removal
Before your wisdom teeth removal appointment you will meet with one of our dental professionals to talk about the removal process. During this appointment, feel free to discuss any medical concerns you have, the medications you are currently taking, ask any questions you may have, and also discuss the level of sedation that would make you comfortable for your wisdom teeth surgery.
You will likely be asked to bring a parent or guardian with you in order for them to drive you home after your appointment, so be sure to inform whomever you wish to delegate this to.
During Your Wisdom Teeth Removal
Your surgery will be fairly short, usually only around 45 minutes or even less, and you will be “put under” to whatever comfort level you have arranged with your dentist beforehand.
Sometimes a few stitches are necessary to close up the area, but sometimes your dental professional will allow the area to heal and close naturally.
Either way you will be asked to “clamp down” on gauze pads in order to soak up any post-blood, and create pressure to help close up the area.
After Wisdom Teeth Removal
Often people take a day or two off from work or school, using this time to heal and rest.
There should be little to no discomfort after your surgery, but your dental professional will give you instructions to follow based on the extend of the wisdom teeth surgery you have undergone.
Discomfort can be alleviated and healing can quicken by …the use of an icepack, or the use of moist heat on your face, gently opening and closing your jaw for circulation and healing, as well as drinking plenty of fluids.
Call your dental professional if you experience a fever or if pain and swelling do not subside, but in most cases wisdom teeth removal is truly a seamless procedure that will leave you in good form, and smiling a healthy smile!
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