From their late teens to their early twenties, most people begin to get their third and final set of molars. Known as wisdom teeth, these teeth are often extracted by an Edmonton dentist because they have become compacted or infected. They may even be extracted in order to prevent future problems. At Azarko Dental Group we provide wisdom tooth extraction at our Edmonton dental clinics. Before you come in for your appointment, here are some tips to help you prepare.
- Do not eat before the appointment
You may be instructed by your Edmonton dentist not to eat before your wisdom tooth extraction. This is because going under general anaesthesia while there is still food in your stomach can cause you to feel sick.
- Schedule the extraction for earlier in the day
If not eating before your appointment is going to be a challenge for you, then try to schedule your extraction for as early in the day as possible. That way you can have dinner, go to sleep, and head straight to the clinic shortly after you wake up.
- Arrange for a ride
If you will be receiving general anaesthesia, then you will also need to arrange for a ride back home once the extraction is finished. You will likely feel too groggy to drive yourself or even to take public transit, so make sure someone can pick you up.
- Have your painkillers ready
You may be able to manage the pain following a wisdom tooth extraction with over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen or other NSAIDs. Your dentist will also likely prescribe a stronger painkiller that you can take, which you should pick up ahead of time.
- Have an ice pack ready
An ice pack will also come in handy for managing any pain and swelling following wisdom tooth extraction. Have your icepack ready in the freezer so that you can come home and apply it right away. Alternate between 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off.
- Go grocery shopping ahead of time
When you go to pick up your medication you should also load up on food that you'll be able to eat after your wisdom tooth extraction. For the first few days, you'll want to stick to soft foods that don't require chewing, such as yogurt, soup, smoothies, and pudding. As you begin to recover, you can start including some easy-to-chew foods such as eggs, oatmeal, canned fruit, and beans.
Wisdom Tooth Extractions in Edmonton
If your wisdom teeth are causing you some pain and discomfort, then you should consult with an Edmonton dentist about having them extracted. Even wisdom teeth that successfully erupt can end up more prone to tooth decay, as their location in the back of the mouth makes them harder to clean. Book an appointment with an Azarko Dental Group dental clinic in Edmonton today to find out if you should be considering wisdom tooth extraction.
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