Wisdom teeth are those that are located at the back portions of the mouth, on both the lower and the upper jaws. These permanent teeth have a tendency to grow sideways, or become impacted. When a wisdom tooth becomes impacted (does not grow out properly from under the gum line), it becomes very difficult to clean and can be the source of great pain or discomfort. A wisdom tooth extraction is necessary to provide long-lasting pain relief, and also to prevent the further spread of infection to other teeth or parts of the mouth.
A wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical procedure that solves the problems associated with an impacted tooth. As soon as you learn that you need this procedure, you can prepare yourself so that you will have an easier time during, and after the extraction.
How to Prepare for the Wisdom Tooth Extraction
- Ask your dentist about the number of wisdom teeth that will be extracted, and what type of anaesthesia you will need for the procedure. You can also ask how long the procedure us estimated to be, so you can plan your schedule on the day of the tooth extraction.
- If you are taking prescription medicine, inform your dentist so you can have clear instruction on when you should take them prior to the surgery. Certain medications may need to be taken a few hours before you can have the surgical procedure.
- You may be asked to avoid certain food or drinks before the extraction; in some cases, fasting may be required. It is best to clear this as well with your dentist so you can prepare as efficiently as possible.
- If possible, plan to have someone with you when you go home after the wisdom tooth extraction, as it is more often an outpatient procedure. You may still feel the effects of the sedative or the anaesthesia used for the extraction, so you may need some assistance in going home from the dental clinic.
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