What to Expect Before Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Many patients have concerns about getting their wisdom teeth extracted and want to know what to expect. Commonly asked questions include:
- Do I need medications before the procedure?
- Is the procedure going to be painful?
- What is the healing process like after extraction?
Medication is often prescribed beforehand to manage a number of different scenarios. There are many different types of medications to handle pain (NSAIDs or opiates), possible infection (antibiotics), or to calm nerves (anti-anxiety and/or sedatives).
What to Expect During Wisdom Teeth Removal
In certain scenarios a patient can request or be recommended to be put under general anesthesia. Every patient’s needs are different and the proper medications will be prescribed by the treating doctor.
Whether the patient is put to asleep (general anesthesia), consciously sedated or without pre-operative medications, dental freezing (anesthesia) will be utilized to ensure the patient is comfortable and well frozen. The ultimate goal is to ensure a pleasant and low stress procedure.
What to Expect After Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Once the Wisdom Teeth have been extracted a patient can expect to be quite sore in the region for a minimum of 2-3 days. Typically the pain will get greater till day 3 and begin to diminish after this.
Swelling and bruising can often occur in the region, but will also diminish after a few days. In order to ensure the shortest and most comfortable healing possible it is recommended that the patient follow the treating doctor’s post-operative instructions very closely.
A patient’s questions and concerns are always valid and should be addressed with the treating doctor prior to the extraction appointment. It is important to understand that every patient’s scenario is different and will be handled to suit their needs.