What to Expect Before, During, and After Wisdom Teeth Removal
Typically, wisdom teeth emerge in the late teenage to early adult years. While some people have no problem, others begin to experience pain. In most cases, the cause is a mouth too small to accommodate the new teeth. Allowing wisdom teeth to come in could lead to a host of issues, including ongoing pain, damaged roots, and poor spacing that would likely leave you with crooked teeth.
Although wisdom teeth removals are common, the biggest fear factor comes from the unknown. By learning what you can expect before, during, and after wisdom teeth extraction, you will feel far more relaxed. That combined with trusting the procedure to an experienced dentist will help you prepare for the process and recover quickly.
Before Wisdom Teeth Removal
Before having your wisdom teeth pulled, you would schedule an appointment with a respected dentist for a consultation and oral examination. As part of that, a dental assistant will take X-rays which the dentist uses to look at the positioning of the teeth and the available room inside your mouth.
Based on the findings, the dentist will determine if you make a good candidate for wisdom teeth removal. Because no two patients are alike, either the dentist or a member of their team will go over the process, so you have a better understanding of what to expect. At that point, you will schedule a return trip to have the procedure done.
During Wisdom Tooth Removal
When you arrive to have your wisdom teeth extracted, a staff member will take you to a designated area or room where the dentist will perform the extraction. Depending on the severity of your pain and the process itself, the dentist will select the appropriate numbing mechanism.
Sometimes, patients only need local anesthesia in which they are fully awake yet feel only pressure as opposed to pain. For patients who feel overly anxious, the dentist can use sedation. With that, the patient is still awake but unaware of what is taking place.
The third option is general anesthesia, which puts the patient to sleep while having the teeth removed. This last form of sedation comes with more significant risk. For that reason, dentists generally use it only for more challenging cases or on patients with low pain tolerance.
After removing your wisdom teeth, the dentist sutures the holes at the site of the extraction. They then apply gauze over the stitched areas to promote blood clotting and faster healing.
After Wisdom Tooth Removal
For all wisdom teeth removals, it is essential that patients carefully follow the dentist’s instructions. That will prevent the stitches from becoming loose while promoting proper and fast healing. You will also be on a modified soft food diet during this healing period to keep you nourished and hydrated. On average, it takes between three and five days to heal fully, at which time the patient regains the normal function of the mouth.