If you are planning on getting your wisdom tooth extraction treatment, you may be wondering what questions to ask your dental team. As most people get nervous before getting their wisdom teeth removed, it’s prudent to educate yourself on the procedure itself, and what you can expect after your procedure is completed. The following are good questions to ask your oral surgeon at your wisdom teeth consultation appointment.
Is it safe to remove all 4 of my wisdom teeth at once?
At Best Dental, we normally recommend having all your wisdom teeth removed in a single surgery. Here are some reasons why our team recommends just one surgery:
- You won’t have to go through the same surgery twice
- You will not need to be sedated a second time
- Your costs will be lower with one surgery
- You will only have to heal one time after your treatment is completed
- You won ‘t need a second round of medications with one surgery
The great news is that it is not only recommended by most oral surgeons to get all four wisdom teeth removed at once, but third molar extraction surgery is also generally a very low risk and safe procedure.
Should I be awake or asleep during my surgery?
This will depend on your anxiety level prior to your treatment. At Best Dental, we normally recommend that our patients be sedated for their wisdom tooth extraction surgery. However, if finances ever become an issue, local anesthesia (numbing) is also a viable option.
How long will it take to get my wisdom teeth removed?
Most wisdom teeth extraction surgeries are completed within 30 minutes with our team. This is for the removal of all four of your wisdom teeth with sedation. Most surgeries (no matter how complicated) will not surpass one hour.
What are some risks of wisdom teeth removal surgery?
The following are some risks that are associated with wisdom tooth extractions. Talk to your surgery team about your particular case as some or all of these risk factors may not apply to your case.
- Nerve damage
- Excessive bleeding
- Severe Pain
- Trismus (difficulty opening your jaw)
Although these are low risk problems, they can happen with any surgery, including wisdom teeth removal.
How long is the healing process after my wisdom teeth are removed?
The majority of the healing takes place during the first few weeks after surgery. During this time, expect some level of pain and swelling in the surgical sites. Complete healing takes around 6-8 weeks after surgery. Make sure you complete your antibiotic regimen and following the instructions that will be provided by your surgical team for faster healing.
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Will I need any additional procedures after my wisdom teeth are removed?
No, once your wisdom teeth are removed, there will be no further treatments that will be required. Your surgery team may bring you in a few weeks after your treatment for a post-operative visit just to make sure your sites are healing properly without complications.
Have my wisdom teeth caused any damage to my jaw or adjacent teeth?
As wisdom teeth are susceptible to a myriad of oral health problems, it’s wise to ask your dentist or oral surgeon if your wisdom teeth have caused any issues to the surrounding area. If they have, additional treatments will be needed to correct the damage that has been done.
What should I wear to my surgery?
When you are preparing for your wisdom teeth extraction surgery, make sure you are not wearing any jewelry to the appointment. No watches or piercings of any kind should be worn on surgery day. Also make sure you wear a short sleeve shirt if you decide to be sleep during your treatment so that the dental team can access your veins for catheter insertion.
Getting your wisdom teeth removed is not normally on anyone’s bucket list. It is also a good idea to educate yourself and family members on lingering questions you may have about the treatment process. If you happen to be have any further inquires feel free to contact Best Dental today.