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How your wisdom teeth are coming in and the potential problems they might cause will go a long way in determining the extraction procedure your dentist recommends.

If all of your wisdom teeth have emerged from the gums without issue, your dentist might be able to remove them in a single office visit. If your wisdom teeth have yet to erupt from the gums or if they have become impacted, your dentist might refer you to an oral surgeon for sedation and extraction.

Unless there is an emergency reason for the extraction, the procedure is usually scheduled several days or even weeks in advance. This gives you time to make preparations for a smooth and quick recovery.

If you are being sedated, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you to and from the office. It is also a good idea to have someone spend the following day with you to help you get back on your feet. Once the wisdom teeth are removed and you are fully awake, you will need to bite down on some sterile gauze to help reduce any residual bleeding from the incisions. Once the bleeding has stopped, you can gently rinse your mouth with salt water.

Until the incisions heal, you will need to stick to a soft-foods diet. Staying hydrated is also important. Drink plenty of fluids but avoid using a straw.

Your dentist or oral surgeon might prescribe painkillers or anti-inflammatory medication to help deal with any pain or swelling.

If you have questions about ways to prepare for an extraction procedure, please feel free to call us at 401-353-1515 to schedule an appointment.