We now know the benefits of removing wisdom teeth, but what should you expect during wisdom teeth extraction? We have provided a guide that will walk you through the procedure, leaving you worry-free about the process of wisdom teeth extraction.
Preparation for the procedure will begin the day before your appointment. Your dentist will ask that you stop eating and drinking typically 8 hours before your scheduled time of wisdom teeth extraction. This may vary, so always check with your dentist.
You will also need to make plans to have a trusted friend or family member drive you home after the procedure and watch over you for the next 24 hours.
You will be given an anesthetic to eliminate pain and comfort you during your wisdom teeth extraction. The type of anesthetic will vary depending on the specifics of your extraction, but typically you will receive one of the following:
- Local Anesthesia: this anesthetic is applied near the extraction site. You will remain awake during the procedure, but you will not feel any pain, only pressure.
- Sedation Anesthesia: this anesthetic is administered through an IV in your arm. You will remain heavily sedated throughout the extraction and it is likely you will not remember the procedure while using this anesthetic.
- General Anesthesia: a less common anesthetic, general anesthesia can be administered through an IV or through your nose. You will not remain conscious during the procedure.
During Wisdom Teeth Extraction:
The extraction process is fairly simple, and should not hurt while you are under the influence of the anesthetic. Depending on the number of teeth being removed and their location in the gums, it can last only a few minutes. The procedure steps performed by your dentist typically are:
- Creating an incision in the gums to expose the tooth
- Removing the tooth by applying pressure to break up the tooth into smaller, easier to remove chunks, or simply rocking the tooth back and forth if it is in a convenient location.
- Depending on the size of the incision, they may have to stitch the area back up.
- Apply gauze to the extraction site to clot excessive bleeding.
Once the wisdom teeth extraction process is finished, you will need to recover from your anesthetic before leaving the office. The time this will take will depend on the anesthetic that was administered.
For the next 24 hours you will need to spend time recovering to avoid any additional pain through the risk of dry sockets. You will also be limited to soft foods, such as mashed potatoes, ice-cream, and applesauce for the next day or so, depending on the extent of your procedure. Avoid physical activity, and have a close friend or family member with you during recovery time to check on your bleeding, and care for you while you rest. The level of discomfort you may face depends on the amount of teeth you had removed, along with their size and location in your gums.
If you are interested in learning more about wisdom teeth extraction, or believe you or your child may need wisdom teeth removed, contact A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe in Houston, Texas to set up an appointment with our experienced dentists. We can make your wisdom teeth extraction a breeze.