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Wisdom Teeth Removal: What to Expect

by Brett Clark

Wisdom teeth removal is a rite of passage for many young people. Wisdom teeth that are left in place can become impacted and develop an infection or push other teeth out of their correct alignment. If you are planning to have your wisdom teeth removed and are not sure what to expect, the following information could be helpful.

Before Wisdom Teeth Removal

Before wisdom teeth removal, you will have a chance to meet the dentist who will be carrying out the extraction. They will also discuss sedation and pain relief options with you. Do not be afraid to ask questions or ask the dentist to repeat information. It is vital that you feel comfortable before you go ahead with the procedure.

During this initial appointment, your dentist might ask if you smoke. Smokers have a higher rate of complications following wisdom teeth removal. If you can quit, or at least cut-down, before the removal, you will give your body the best possible chance of healing normally.

During Wisdom Teeth Removal

Arrive at the dental office in plenty of time for your wisdom teeth removal appointment. If your dentist has given you any oral sedatives to take before the appointment, you should take them according to the instructions you were given. Otherwise, your dentist and their team will administer sedation or pain relief and check that you are calm and not able to feel pain in your gums before they go ahead with the extraction.

After Wisdom Teeth Removal

If you had sedation for your wisdom teeth removal, you should arrange for a friend to collect you from the dental office, rather than driving yourself home. Once you are home, expect to spend a few days resting. You might feel groggy from the sedatives and your mouth will probably feel numb for a few hours.

When the pain relief wears off, you might notice some soreness around the extraction site. You can avoid making this soreness worse by eating only soft foods and being very gentle when you clean your teeth. You can also use pain relief medicines.

Your dentist might have given you special instructions to aid your recovery, such as using a mouth rinse to prevent infection. You should follow these instructions carefully. If you are not sure about what to do or you think you might be developing a complication, call your dentist's office for advice.

Talk to your dentist to schedule wisdom teeth removal.