Getting Ready for Wisdom Tooth Removal
It’s a good idea to prepare for your wisdom tooth removal. Preparation can reduce stress if you are worried about the procedure. You can also make the best use of your recovery time if you plan for it. At Erbsville Dental, we believe you can’t be too ready for wisdom tooth surgery. Therefore, here are some ideas to help you get ready.
Dr. Mathews has probably been keeping track of your wisdom teeth’s progression for many years. When the time comes, he will advise you that it’s time to book an appointment to have them removed. Most dental clinics are not equipped to have it done without referring you to a different office with an oral surgeon. But at Erbsville Dental Dr. John McIntosh an exceptional oral surgeon is ready to assist. Erbsville Dental also has a new high tech surgical suite ready for such an occasion. Before your surgery Dr. McIntosh will meet with you and will be interested in your medical history. Make sure you mention any pre-existing medical conditions you have and any medications you’re taking. Together you will choose the best treatment plan according to your needs.
Be Sure to Ask Questions
Dr. McIntosh will explain in detail what the procedure will include and what you need to do to prepare and recover. If you don’t understand or miss something, then ask questions. He is more than happy to answer your questions no matter how insignificant you may feal they are. The goal is to make you feal comfortable with the treatment plan.
Some questions you might ask include: How many wisdom teeth must be removed? How long does the surgery take? Are there any prescription medications to avoid before or after the surgery? Do I need to fast before the procedure? Will I need someone to drive me home? How much time should I ask off work or school?
Count the Cost
If you have dental insurance, ask how much coverage you have for wisdom tooth removal. It can vary between companies and policies. Is it 50%, 70%, 90%? If you need help, ask Erbsville Dental’s friendly reception staff. It would be a good idea to know ahead of time what you might be paying out of pocket or co-paying with insurance. Just one less thing to worry about when you are in discomfort post surgery.
Give Yourself Time
Most people recover from 3rd molar removal in 1-2 days but give yourself a time buffer if possible. Invasiveness of each surgery varies, and people’s ability to handle pain varies. so plan on 3-4 days to recover and avoid any strenuous activity. Get someone to drive you home after the surgery as anesthesia can take 24 hours to leave your system. Dr. McIntosh will proscribe pain medication before the surgery so you can get it in advance and have it ready when you need it. You can also plan for meals that are easy to eat after wisdom tooth surgery. (See Foods to Eat After Wisdom Tooth Removal)
In the days leading up to the surgery pay extra attention to your oral hygiene. Step up your regular routine of twice a day to 3 times daily and include flossing and mouthwash. Post surgery you will likely have to wait 24 hours to brush again. That is why going into it with a clean mouth is important. As well, you are less likely to get a bacterial infection if your mouth is as clean as it can be.
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If you’re worried about having your wisdom teeth removed some simple preparation could make a big difference. But be sure to speak with Dr. Mathews or Dr. McIntosh as well. Erbsville Dental wants to make your experience a good one, and minimise pain and recovery time as much as possible. They are Caring, Friendly, and Experienced when it comes to your dental health.