What Can I Expect When I Have My Wisdom Teeth Extracted?
- On March 21, 2019
For many, the thought of having wisdom teeth extracted causes some fear and anxiety. Not knowing what to expect with a wisdom tooth extraction is what Dr. Peter Yoo, The Tooth Doctor in Ellerslie addresses in this article.
Common questions before your wisdom tooth extraction
We find that patients have some common questions and concerns about having their wisdom teeth removed and want to know what they can expect. The most common questions include:
- Is it going to hurt a lot?
- What medications will I need before and after?
- How long will it take to heal?
Every patient is different with how much pain they can tolerate. We always pay attention to our patients needs and go to great lengths to ensure a virtually pain free extraction. Some patients have a fear of dentists and we accommodate them by using oral sedation to perform the procedure.
There are several different types of medications that can be prescribed to help with pain and possible infections. Which types the patient will need can only be answered by our Ellerslie dentist, Dr. Yoo.
Typically, patients can return to work as early as the next day. In the case of difficult extractions, it is recommended to take 2-3 days for pain and swelling to subside.
Will I be put to sleep?
Most of our patients don’t need to be put to sleep. The Tooth Doctor in most cases performs wisdom tooth extractions using dental freezing to ensure a pain-free procedure.
As mentioned earlier, oral sedation is used for patients that are extremely anxious or fearful. In such cases we take every precaution to ensure that they have a ride to and from our dental office in Ellerslie. The care and safety of our patients is our top concern.
What is recovery like after the wisdom tooth extraction?
A patient can expect soreness for 2-3 days in the region where the tooth was removed. The pain typically diminishes after day three. It is imperative that the patient follow the dentist’s post-operative instructions for the quickest healing and recovery.
Contact Dr. Peter Yoo at our Ellerslie dental office with your questions and concerns about wisdom tooth extraction. Each patient has different needs and Dr. Yoo will recommend the treatment that best suits your needs.
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