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What Is the Procedure Like?

Steps of wisdom teeth removal

INITIAL CONSULTATION

A thorough initial consultation will first be conducted to discuss any health problems, current medications, questions about the surgery, to ensure the procedure is right for you and to ensure the treatment is tailored to your unique needs to make it as safe and comfortable as possible. We will also discuss the type of anesthesia you will receive and what to expect during post-surgery such as recovery time. This will all be discussed to help put you at ease and feel confident in your decision prior to your wisdom teeth removal procedure.

ANESTHESIA & REMOVAL

Although our dentists are licensed to perform anesthesia on patients, they will utilize the expertise of a registered nurse anesthetist. This helps ensure the safest conditions possible, where the anesthesia is constantly monitored by a professional trained exclusively for delivering anesthesia. This also allows our dentists to focus entirely on your care and your wisdom teeth removal. Once the anesthesia has been administered, the dentist will remove the wisdom teeth using the latest and safest procedures appropriate for your unique specifications and needs.

CLEANING & REPAIR

After removal, the doctor will clean the area where the teeth were removed, apply stitches as needed, and insert gauze to stop bleeding and promote initial healing.

RECOVERY

Following the procedure, the nurse anesthetist will bring you out from under sedation. We will closely monitor you and stay with you while you go through the process of waking. Once you are out of the effects of the anesthesia, there will be some pain and swelling along with bleeding. These are a normal part of every surgery and should be well managed with medication that the doctor will prescribe. The doctor will also give you instructions on how to care for the wisdom teeth removal site. In order to heal as quickly as possible, be sure to follow all instructions carefully. For the next few days, staying away from solid foods, alcohol, coffee, soda and hot beverages will help the healing process. We even recommend NOT brushing your teeth for the first day of recovery. General recovery from wisdom teeth removal could be as short as a few days or as long as one week. This length depends on the person and how badly the teeth were impacted.