When a wisdom tooth absolutely needs to be removed, there’s no real comparison between the mild to moderate pain associated with tooth extraction and the drawn-out pain of having them overcrowd your mouth. While anesthetics will make for relatively pain-free experience while you’re in the dentist’s chair, you’ll at least need some over-the-counter help managing the pain.
So, exactly how much pain can you expect from having a wisdom tooth extraction? Probably a lot less than you’re imagining.
During the Wisdom Tooth Extraction Procedure
You won’t feel much during the procedure. And if you and your dentist think general anesthesia is the best option, you won’t feel anything at all while your wisdom tooth or teeth are being extracted.
In general, you should have the option for local anesthesia, sedation and general anesthesia. Local anesthesia numbs your mouth so that the extraction process is painless. If you have dental anxiety, a sedative may be administered as well to help calm you while the procedure is being done. The sedative may cause you to sleep during the procedure, depending on the dosage, but general anesthesia will assuredly make you snooze while your dentist works.
After the anesthesia wears off, you’ll want to have already transitioned to the pain medication your dentist will prescribe.
Aftercare and Recovery
Minor bleeding is common during the first 24 hours after the procedure, as your body works to form clots and heal. Stitches will help minimize any bleeding in the interim.
Your prescription should get you through the first few days, during which you can expect mild to moderate pain without it. Any swelling related to the wisdom tooth extraction should subside in a few days and you should be able to have your stitches removed roughly a week after the procedure.
From here, you should experience nothing more than mild tenderness and swelling, if anything.
Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure. But because we’re all different, your experience will be slightly different than everyone else’s. What you can bank on if you’re dreading discomfort associated with the extraction: it almost certainly won’t be nearly as uncomfortable as you think.
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