They’ve been hurting you for ages, and now it is finally time: your dentist has told you that it is time to take out your wisdom teeth. For many people, this is something that they look forward to in order to help them deal with the pain, but this sort of surgery and treatment plan can also be a little bit intimidating. It is hard to know what to expect unless you have had a wisdom tooth removed already. We spoke to dentist Dr Paige Woods about what people usually go through when they have a wisdom tooth out.
She explained that before anything starts, you will discuss with her any other health concerns that you have, including medication that you are on, and any questions that you have about what the surgery is going to be like. She will also advise you to take some time off work or school in order to recover completely from the surgery. The actual treatment lasts less than an hour, and you’ll have at least one kind of pain relief during it all: local, IV, or general, depending on what you and your dentist think is best.
When the surgery is over and your wisdom tooth is gone, what you are able to do next will really depend on what sort of anaesthetic you chose to have. If you have local pain relief, it is often possible for you to drive yourself home or to work, and to continue with the rest of the day normally. If you had a general, you will need someone else to get you home. Everyone will experience swelling and redness after having a wisdom tooth or teeth removed, and this should go down after around three days. As long as you eat soft foods and drink plenty of water, you should recover absolutely fine.
For a free wisdom teeth removal consultation, call 619-359-6970.