FAQs on Wisdom Teeth Removal
What is wisdom teeth removal?
Commonly performed in an oral surgeon or dentist’s office, wisdom teeth removal is a routine procedure where a person’s wisdom teeth are removed from the gum line. It may include removing all your wisdom teeth or just a couple.
What is the purpose of wisdom teeth removal?
Wisdom teeth are usually removed to prevent or eliminate dental complications including impacted teeth, crowding of the back teeth and gum disease or tooth decay on the wisdom teeth.
Am I allowed to eat or drink before my procedure?
If a general anesthetic is being used, it is recommended that you not eat or drink anything the night before the surgery. Always consult with your dentist or surgeon prior to the procedure to ensure proper preparation.
Will I feel any pain?
No. Anesthetics are used to prevent any pain or discomfort. Your dentist or surgeon will use either a local anesthetic or a general anesthetic, depending on the extent of the procedure. If all your wisdom teeth are being removed, it is not uncommon for the dentist or surgeon to use a general anesthetic, which will allow you to sleep through the procedure. A local anesthetic numbs a specific region of your mouth, but does not put you to sleep.
What should I expect after the procedure?
Post wisdom teeth removal is as important at time as any. In the weeks following your procedure, taking certain actions and avoiding others can help you to heal quicker and avoid complications.
Most importantly, if you think you might be in need of wisdom teeth removal, you should contact a dentist to schedule an exam in order to prevent any dental complications. For more information or to schedule an individual consultation with Patrick Toms DMD, please contact us.