probably heard the expression, “like pulling teeth” used to describe something
grueling or agonizing. So it’s no wonder so many people fear having a wisdom
tooth pulled. But it turns out, it’s antiquated thinking. Modern dentistry has
made wisdom tooth extraction
efficient and freer of much of the pain once associated with tooth extractions
How You’ll Feel During the
Before the extraction gets
underway, your dentist will give you a small dose of a local anesthetic to numb
the tooth and the area around it. That’s it. After that initial prick from the
syringe containing the local anesthetic, you won’t feel anything until well
after the tooth extraction is complete.
you start to feel anything during the procedure, let your dentist know. You
might need another, smaller dose of anesthesia to get you through the procedure
How You’ll Feel After the Procedure
You’ll feel tenderness and will
notice swelling at the extraction site. Unaddressed, the tenderness and
swelling can turn into moderate discomfort.
By taking a few painkillers,
especially those with anti-inflammatory properties, you can keep the swelling
to a minimum and bring the tenderness down to mild or negligible.
You’ll need to take the painkillers
roughly every six to eight hours. In a few days, both the swelling and
tenderness should be completely gone. If they persist after a few days, contact
your dentist’s office. Slow healing could indicate that a bacterial infection
is taking root. Antibiotics may be necessary to speed up healing.
Find Out More
Learn more about your options for
wisdom teeth removal in Oakbrook, IL.
Choose a day and a time to
talk with a local dentist and to get answers to any questions you may have
about tooth extraction as well as sedation options.
If you have dental anxieties, be
sure to ask your dentist about sedation options that will are proven to take the edge
off dentist visits and slow down racing, anxious minds.
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