How Wisdom Teeth Removal Works
Whether your wisdom teeth are just emerging or have already developed but not been removed, it is a good idea to schedule a consultation with an oral surgeon. The doctors at Oral and Facial Surgery of Naperville walk you through each step of the process to ensure you feel comfortable and your needs are met.
An initial consultation can determine whether your wisdom teeth are causing issues or may cause problems, and if extraction is recommended. The doctor will review your dental history and examine your teeth to see how your wisdom teeth are developing.
If surgery is necessary, the doctor will:
- Discuss how the procedures is performed and what you can expect before, during, and after wisdom teeth removal.
- Explain your options when it comes to anesthesia to keep you as comfortable and pain-free as possible. This may range from local anesthesia to general anesthesia depending on your needs and preferences as well as the complexity of surgery.
- Answer any questions you may have so that you feel relaxed and confident about your care and can prepare accordingly.
Our team will create a detailed treatment plan aligned with your needs and how your wisdom teeth have emerged. Prior to surgery, anesthesia will be administered, and you will be carefully monitored. The doctor will remove the teeth and cover the surgical site with gauze to stop any bleeding and protect the empty socket.
You will be given post-operative instructions to help you through the recovery process and answer common questions following surgery. Your mouth will still be numb from the anesthetic, and many patients find taking ibuprofen and applying a cool compress is enough to manage any pain after it wears off. You may also be given a prescription pain reliever and antibiotic.
You should begin feeling better within about 48 hours, but if you have any questions or concerns about your recovery, we encourage you to contact our team. Your comfort and safety are a top priority.