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Wisdom Tooth Extraction: What to Expect

Aug 04, 2023
Wisdom Tooth Extraction: What to Expect
Have you been recommended a wisdom tooth extraction? Perhaps your wisdom teeth don’t fit properly in your mouth, or maybe they’ve come out impacted. Fortunately, extractions aren’t anything to worry about. Read on to find out what to expect. 

Not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth extracted. However, if your mouth is too small and your wisdom teeth are pushing hard against the surrounding teeth, or if your wisdom teeth are coming out at the wrong angle, you might need an extraction. 

You may also need to get your wisdom teeth removed due to cavities, as wisdom teeth are notoriously hard to keep clean due to their location. 

Our experts at Sabrina E. Mickel DDS & Associates have extensive experience in wisdom tooth extraction, and they’re here to assure you that there’s nothing to worry about. Read on to learn more about what you can expect from the process. 

Preparing for your wisdom tooth removal 

Because anesthesia is involved, there are a few things to keep in mind before wisdom tooth extractions. 

Your provider may recommend the following:

  • Don’t eat or drink at least 12 hours prior wisdom teeth removal, as this can cause regurgitation while under anesthesia.
  • Mention all of the medications and supplements you’re taking to avoid dangerous interactions with anesthesia.
  • Quit smoking for at least one day prior to the extractions, as smoking can slow down the healing process.

You can expect the procedure to last about an hour. After this, you’ll be allowed to rest for a while. 

What happens after extraction

Due to the use of anesthesia, you’ll also need to arrange someone to drive you home after the procedure. 

You can expect the procedure to last about an hour. After this, you’ll be allowed to rest for a while. 

You don’t need to stay overnight in the office. However, it may be necessary for someone to take care of you for at least 24 hours after the extraction, though you may need three days to make a full recovery. 

Your cognitive abilities will be impaired due to the anesthesia, and you’ll need someone around to help you with some decision making, food preparation, etc.

Your provider may also discuss a list of foods allowed after the extractions. Because the area will be sensitive, soft foods such as mashed potatoes, yogurt, and smoothies work best. 

Learn more about your wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth removal may seem complicated and time-consuming, but it’s well-worth it if your teeth threaten to cause malocclusion, inflammation, and pain. 

If you’re wondering whether your wisdom teeth will cause trouble in the future, or if you’re already in pain because of them, contact us to schedule an appointment. Our specialist will examine your mouth and let you know if an extraction would be the best route to take.