It is one of the most common dental surgeries performed today: wisdom teeth extractions. If you have never had a major dental procedure before, you may feel worried or concerned about the process and pain. Here is the good news: since the procedure is so common, there are usually very few complications and recovery time is limited to less than a week.
What to Expect When You Lose Your Wisdom Teeth
Part of eliminating fear is building understanding. Learning more about the wisdom teeth removal process can help you feel more comfortable and confident going into your appointment. You will know what to expect and realize there is very little to worry about. Here’s a brief overview of the procedure and what most patients experience:
- Before Removal – Wisdom teeth typically come in between ages 16-20. They are not necessary and can cause a lot of problems depending on how they grow in. Your dentist will determine if they need to be removed and will schedule the surgery appropriately. Some people experience discomfort depending on the degree to which your molars have grown in and if they are impacting your other teeth or have become infected. Depending on the number of teeth you are having extracted and the type of extraction, you will be instructed on what to eat or drink before your procedure.
- Extraction Day – Arrange to have someone else drop you off at your appointment. You may be given local anesthesia to numb the extraction site, sedation anesthesia to suppress your consciousness, or general anesthesia in special cases. When you have gone under, you will not experience any pain or have any memory of the procedure. The dentist will remove the teeth while the anesthesia is in effect, and may stitch the wound to promote healing. When you awake, you will be in a recovery room and take a little time to speak with a nurse, rest and recover. You should have a responsible adult there to take you home.
- Afterwards – Your dentist will provide instructions and prescriptions to help you deal with any bleeding, pain and swelling that occurs in your mouth and jaw. Some people experience worse symptoms than others but, regardless of your recovery time, monitoring your pain and taking it easy should be your top priorities for the first few days after the procedure. Plan to avoid strenuous activity for a week following the surgery and don’t use a straw to drink beverages, which may irritate the wounds in your mouth. Eat soft foods, don’t smoke for 72 hours, and be gentle when cleaning your teeth.
Find an Edmonton Dental Clinic Near You
If you are new to the Edmonton area or are looking for a new dentist, Azarko Dental Group has two convenient locations in West and South Edmonton. We are currently accepting new patients and can perform wisdom teeth extractions. From routine teeth cleaning, to whitening and cosmetic dental care, our team of professionals can provide dental care for your entire family.
Come visit our experienced dentists in Edmonton today. Schedule your appointment with our convenient online booking program or call one of two Edmonton locations near you.