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Wisdom Teeth Extraction: What To Expect From This Common Oral Surgery

If you're like many dental patients with wisdom teeth extraction in their future, you may be feeling a bit anxious about the procedure and are uncertain of what to expect. Here's what you need to know: 

Before the Procedure: Preparation is Key

When you and your dentist decide that wisdom teeth extraction is the best course of action, there will be a detailed discussion about your overall health, the specific procedure, and the recovery process. Make sure to disclose any medications you're taking, as certain drugs might interact with the anesthesia.

On the day of the surgery, arrange for a companion to accompany you to the clinic, as you'll likely be groggy from the anesthesia and unable to drive home. Wear comfortable clothing and avoid eating or drinking for several hours before the procedure, as directed by your dentist.

During the Procedure: Trust the Process

The procedure starts with anesthesia to ensure your comfort throughout the process. The type of anesthesia used depends on the complexity of the extraction and your comfort level.

Once you're comfortably sedated, the oral surgeon will make an incision in your gum to expose the tooth and bone. The tooth is then removed, sometimes in pieces if it's easier or safer to do so. After the extraction, the surgeon cleans the area to remove any debris from the tooth or bone, stitches the wound to promote healing, and places gauze over the extraction site to control bleeding and help a clot form.

After the Procedure: Focus on Healing

You'll spend a short period in the recovery room of the oral surgery office, where the staff will monitor you as the anesthesia wears off. It's normal to feel a bit disoriented or nauseous, but these feelings will pass.

Once at home, rest and take it easy for the next few days. You might experience some swelling, pain, or bruising, which is normal after wisdom teeth extraction. Over-the-counter pain relievers can manage discomfort, and ice packs can help reduce swelling.

Follow the post-surgery care instructions provided by your dentist. These will likely include guidelines on diet, such as sticking to soft foods, avoiding straws, and practicing good oral hygiene.

Keep in mind that your dental team is there to help guide you through this process and answer any questions you might have. Trust in their expertise and follow their guidance for a successful procedure and recovery.

For more information on oral surgery, contact a dentist today.