Things You Can Expect When It's Time To Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

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If you have noticed that your wisdom teeth are starting to come in, or maybe they are already in, it might be time to talk to your dentist about having them extracted. Even if you are not someone that is a fan of going to the dentist, you will usually discover that it is better for you to have the wisdom teeth removed instead of leaving them in place. This is because they often become impacted, damage the teeth next to them, and can cause you a lot of pain. To help you prepare for this procedure, you will want to spend a few minutes checking out the following things you can expect:

You Won't Feel Pain During The Extraction Process

A lot of people worry about feeling a lot of pain during the extraction process, that you don't need to. You will either receive a local numbing agent or you could even be put to sleep for the procedure. If you want to make sure that you are able to be put under for the extraction, you will need to specifically search for a sedation dentist or oral surgeon.

You May Feel Minor Discomfort After The Extraction

You will most likely be told to take an over-the-counter pain reliever to battle any small discomfort that you have. Some oral surgeons will give patients a prescription for pain medication, but it's usually only enough for a day or two. You will feel less and less discomfort as each day passes so once your prescription medication is finished, you should do well with the over-the-counter medication.

You Should Return For A Follow-Up

It is important to make sure that you show up for your follow-up visit. This will generally occur within the week after the extraction. The appointment will not take up a lot of time, but your dentist or the oral surgeon needs to make sure that everything is healing as it should and that there is no infection present.

Make sure that you are scheduling an appointment with your dentist to discuss the removal of your wisdom teeth as soon as possible, especially if you are already beginning to experience pain. The problem may continue to get a lot worse until they are extracted. Your regular dentist might be able to complete the extraction for you, depending on the severity of any issues that are present. If they can't, they will refer you to an oral surgeon who will remove the wisdom teeth for you. 

For more information about wisdom teeth removal, contact a local dentist. 


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