Wisdom teeth extraction might be required if your wisdom teeth induce pain, emerge improperly, or contribute to other oral health problems. In certain instances, dentists advise preventive removal of wisdom teeth before issues have a chance to develop.
Why is this done?
During a consultation with an oral surgeon, they’ll check the health of your wisdom teeth and take dental X-rays to determine their exact location.Your surgeon will also discuss sedation dentistry options with you during this appointment.
What happens during wisdom tooth extraction?
What happens after wisdom teeth removal?
Wisdom teeth extraction may lead to mild discomfort, slight bleeding, and swelling. Your oral surgeon advises you on managing these postoperative effects. Once the sedation has worn off sufficiently, your friend or family member will be in charge of driving you home.
Some FAQ Questions
Is wisdom tooth extraction painful?
The extraction procedure is performed under local anaesthesia, ensuring you don’t feel any pain. Although, the patient may feel some discomfort or swelling, which is managed with pain medications prescribed by your dentist. Following post-operative instructions, maintaining good oral hygiene, and attending follow-up appointments will help in a smoother recovery.
How much time does it take to recover from a wisdom tooth extraction?
The recovery time is different for everyone, and it may take about a week to fully recover from wisdom tooth extraction. During this period, follow post-operative care instructions provided by your dentist, including eating soft foods, avoiding strenuous activities, and practising good oral hygiene. Proper care will promote healing and minimise the risk of complications.
What are the risks or complications associated with wisdom tooth extraction?
Like any surgical procedure, wisdom tooth extraction carries some risks, although they are relatively rare. Potential complications may include:
Your dentist will discuss these risks before the procedure and take necessary precautions to minimise them.
What is the best time to have wisdom teeth removed?
The ideal time for wisdom tooth extraction varies for each individual. In some cases, early removal during the late teens or early twenties is recommended to prevent potential problems. However, in certain situations, your dentist may suggest monitoring them closely and considering extraction if problems arise.
Can I drive home after the wisdom tooth extraction?
Driving immediately after the procedure is generally not advised, especially if you have been given sedation or general anaesthesia. The effects of anaesthesia can impair your coordination and reaction time, making driving unsafe. It is best to arrange for someone to accompany you or use alternative transportation options to ensure your safety.
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