Often, patients who are pursuing wisdom teeth removal may be working with an oral surgeon for the first time. As such, they may have a number of questions about the process. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we get from patients who are preparing to have their wisdom teeth extracted.
- My wisdom teeth aren’t hurting me or causing any other problems. Why do I need to have them removed? Most patients do not have enough room in their jaws for their large wisdom teeth to erupt properly, and those wisdom teeth become impacted. When the wisdom teeth are impacted, a number of problems can develop, including cysts, tumors and abscesses to name a few. To avoid such issues, many patients choose to have their wisdom teeth removed as a preventive measure.
- Why should I see an oral surgeon for wisdom tooth extraction? In order to access and extract impacted wisdom teeth, the surrounding bone must be removed first. This requires a surgical procedure, so most patients will choose to work with a specialist for wisdom tooth extraction. Surgeons perform these procedures on a routine basis and have a great deal of valuable experience as a result.
- Will wisdom teeth removal hurt? The extraction site will be treated with a local anesthetic, and most patients will also choose some form of sedation for additional comfort throughout the procedure. You may experience some mild discomfort at first after the anesthetic wears off, but it can often be managed with over-the-counter painkillers.
- What do I need to do to prepare for my wisdom tooth extraction? Your surgeon will give you more specific instructions, but you will need to fast before the appointment if you’re having IV sedation. You will also need to arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home after the appointment, as the medication’s effects will not yet be completely reversed.
- How do I take care of the extraction site after the procedure? Your surgeon will provide detailed post-operative instructions, but here are a few basics. Follow directions for keeping the site clean to prevent infection. Also, avoid drinking straws and smoking to reduce your risk of developing a painful complication known as dry sockets.
We are happy to answer any other questions you may have about wisdom teeth removal or provide any additional information that you need. We encourage you to call our office and speak to one of our knowledgeable staff members as you prepare for this treatment.