When do dentists advise patients to undergo wisdom tooth extraction? It is when it has been determined that the tooth (or teeth) is potentially dangerous to a personss health or life. The procedure can be performed by qualified professionals only. He is either a general dentist or an oral surgeon. Make sure that you are dealing with a legitimate practitioner.

How Long?

The process of extraction takes a short time to finish. First, anesthesia will be administered. The type of anesthesia administration will depend on your condition. There are two types. One is local, which means that a small amount of anesthesia will be injected right where the wisdom tooth to be extracted is located. The other one is called general anesthesia, which when applied will cause you to fall asleep. General anesthesia is prescribed to people who are extremely nervous about undergoing the procedure, and people who may have complications related to the procedure.

After the anesthesia administration, the oral surgeon will proceed to the actual extraction. You will have to open your mouth just to accommodate the extracting tools. You will sense things are moving inside your mouth, but you will not experience pain. The pain will come afterwards, when the procedure is over, and the numbing effect of the anesthesia has subsided. Your oral surgeon will give you medications for pain, and for infection.

The whole procedure will be done in either a dental office, surgical center, or a hospital, depending on your condition. If only one or two teeth have to be extracted, and there are no serious complications that have been identified, it will likely take place in your oral surgeon’s facility. Otherwise, you will have to be admitted to a hospital, and there are of course additional fees for that. For people who need all their wisdom teeth to be pulled, expect to be told to go to a hospital for the procedure.

Care After the Procedure

The oral surgeon will place stitches over the open area after your tooth has been extracted. Talk to him about this, because there are stitches that dissolve by themselves over time, and there are those that have to be removed by the dentist a few days after the procedure has been done. Make sure that you and your dentist are clear about that.

Bleeding will naturally occur, but it should not last more than 24 hours. If it takes longer than this, you must call your oral surgeon. He might give you a medicine to hasten coagulation of your blood. It is advised that patients should lie down with their head higher than their body to help stop the bleeding. Too much activity after the procedure should be avoided. There are foods that should be avoided as well. Talk with your oral surgeon about what you can chew on while healing.