Questions about wisdom teeth removal that patients in London, ON have been asking
What has started as a routine teeth cleaning has now turned into your dentist springing the news on you that your wisdom teeth are coming through and will need to be removed. Dr. David Favell at Downtown Dental Centre in London, ON doesn’t want this to be a source of stress for his patients. Dr. Favell has been diagnosing this issue for over 32 years and will be happy to refer you to a trusted oral surgeon for this routine procedure who will handle the removal with gentle care. Dr. Favell realizes the thought of having a wisdom teeth removal procedure can be a cause of anxiety for some patients. But there is no need to worry.
Here are some common questions many patients may be having going into their wisdom tooth extraction.
When i have my wisdom teeth removed, will it hurt?
There is no need to worry about pain during the procedure as wisdom teeth removal will require local anesthesia. This can include full sedation or “laughing gas”. Both offer unique benefits.
- Anesthesia numbs the area to ensure comfort. During the procedure, the patient is sedated while the wisdom teeth are removed.
- Laughing Gas will leave the patient conscious throughout the procedure, but it will be pain free. The patient will feel vibrations and pressure as the work is done but will be in an anxiety and pain-free state as the work is performed.
Will there be significant pain after?
This question is a bit more complex to answer as it really depends on the patient and their level of pain tolerance. Some patients require mild over the counter pain meds such as ibuprofen or Tylenol while others may be prescribed narcotics such as hydrocodone or Vicodin to manage the pain. There will be some discomfort as it is an invasive surgery.
Afterwards, will my mouth bleed and when will it stop?
During the first several days after a wisdom tooth extraction, the patient may experience intermittent (non-severe) bleeding from the incision site. Gauze will typically be provided to bite down on when this occurs until the bleeding stops. Here’s a tip: instead of gauze, try a tea bag. They have natural constrictors in them which may control the bleeding even better than gauze.
What can I eat after the procedure?
Do you like ice cream? If so, you’re in luck! You can eat as much ice cream as you want. For the first 24 hours after the procedure, a liquid diet consisting of yogurt, pudding, smoothies and ice cream is recommended. Just do not drink from a straw since the suction can loosen blood clots. After that, for about 4-5 days, soft foods such as scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, or pastas can be eaten. Avoid anything that requires significant chewing.
These are just a few questions you may have regarding an upcoming wisdom tooth extraction. Wisdom tooth removal doesn’t have to be a scary experience when you have the right dentist and oral surgeon. Dr. David Favell at Downtown Dental Centre in London, ON wants to be there for you throughout the process. Questions before the procedure or after are fine, it doesn’t matter. He also loves to hear from potential future and new patients. For an appointment or consultation, just give him a call at (855) 669-0775.