Wisdom teeth are the final molars to appear in the mouth. While removing teeth with a name like “wisdom” seems contradictory, it’s a common practice in dentistry.
If your dentist recommends removing your wisdom teeth, it’s usually to prevent issues such as pain, infection, or decay.
You may be wondering what is involved in wisdom tooth extraction. Rest assured, your dentist will take special care as you undergo this procedure.
Here is what you can expect when getting your wisdom teeth removed.
Preparing for Wisdom Teeth Removal
Before your appointment, your dentist will provide you with instructions for preparing for surgery.
Wisdom tooth extraction is usually an outpatient procedure, so you’ll be able to go home after the procedure is complete.
However, if the dentist recommends sedation or general anesthesia, you’ll need to arrange for someone to drive you home.
The dentist may also give instructions on what to eat before the procedure and what medications to take. Make sure to follow all instructions, and call if you have questions before your appointment.
During the Procedure
Your dentist will first use anesthesia to help prevent pain and discomfort during your wisdom tooth extraction.
You’ll be awake during the procedure with local anesthesia, but you won’t feel pain. Other types of anesthesia may prevent pain and reduce your consciousness during your wisdom tooth removal.
Once the dentist has ensured your comfort, the extraction begins. After the wisdom teeth are removed, the dentist will clean the area and might also stitch the wound closed.
The Recovery Process
If unconscious during your wisdom tooth extraction, you might be moved to a recovery room once the procedure is complete.
After the surgery, you might experience some bleeding, pain, and bruising. Your dentist will provide instructions for caring for your mouth and make recommendations to help with pain and healing.
You might also have some activity restrictions, and after-care instructions will likely include the foods you can eat and how to clean and care for your mouth during recovery.
Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure. Call your dentist’s office if you have any questions before or after your surgery.
Bliss Dental offers free consultations about wisdom tooth removal with our dentist. Contact us to make an appointment today.