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Dental 4 Less – Wisdom Teeth Extraction What to Expect

I will be having all four of my wisdom teeth pulled, and my dental insurance will be paying for it. I am not worried about the cost of having my wisdom teeth pulled, but I would like to know how the dentist goes about pulling wisdom teeth. I know I will be asleep during the process, but will I feel anything? Will I be in a lot of pain afterward? What should I expect?

Reply: The general process of having wisdom teeth removed. The method of having your wisdom teeth removed typically involves the following steps:

  1. Consultation: Your dentist or oral surgeon will examine your teeth and take X-rays to determine your wisdom teeth’ position and the best extraction method.
  2. Anesthesia: You will be given anesthesia to numb the area around your teeth. You may receive local anesthesia, which numbs only the area around the teeth, or general anesthesia, which makes you unconscious.
  3. Extraction: The dentist will use forceps or a surgical drill to remove the teeth. The dentist will apply pressure to loosen and remove the teeth from the sockets.
  4. Stitches: In some cases, stitches may be needed to close the incisions in your gums.
  5. Recovery: You will be monitored briefly after the procedure and given instructions for post-operative care.

The process usually takes about 45 minutes to an hour, and you can expect to experience some swelling and discomfort afterward. However, your dentist will provide you with instructions on how to manage any pain and discomfort.

After removing your wisdom teeth, it’s normal to experience discomfort and swelling in the area. Here are some things that you can expect:

  1. Bleeding: It’s common to have some bleeding from the extraction sites for the first day or two. You can control the bleeding by biting on gauze for 30-45 minutes.
  2. Swelling: You may experience swelling in the area where the teeth were removed. Applying an ice pack to the area for 20 minutes can help reduce swelling.
  3. Pain: You may experience discomfort after the procedure. Your dentist may prescribe pain medication or recommend over-the-counter pain relievers.
  4. Diet: You should stick to soft foods and avoid hard, crunchy, or sticky foods for the first few days after the procedure.
  5. Oral hygiene: Keeping the extraction sites clean is essential to prevent infection. Your dentist will provide instructions on how to care for the area.

Following your dentist’s instructions for post-operative care is vital to ensure a smooth recovery. Contact your dentist if you experience any unusual symptoms or have any concerns.

Posted on Wednesday, Jan. 24th 2024 9:47 AM | by Gina | in Dental Insurance | No Comments »

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