The wisdom tooth extraction process can be confusing and we here at Williams Lake Smiles realize that you must have questions. Our helpful staff is ready and willing to answer any questions that you may have and happily welcome your call. Over time, we have noticed that there are some questions that seem to get asked much more frequently than others. In order to make things more convenient for our current and prospective patients, we have gone ahead and gathered up these frequently asked questions and had Dr. Rudy Wassenaar answer them below. Please feel free to browse at your convenience. If you have a question that you don’t see answered below, please contact our office.
The answer to this question largely depends on your individual circumstances. If you received sedation before undergoing your treatment, then you will not be able to drive yourself home afterward. However, if you had your wisdom teeth extracted with only a local anesthetic, then you will be perfectly fine to drive after your procedure.
If you are expected to be sedated before going through with your wisdom tooth extraction, then you will not want to eat or drink anything for at least six hours leading up to your procedure. If you are only receiving a local anesthetic, you will be fine to eat and drink normally.
You will want to avoid any foods that are hard or chewy while your mouth is healing. Some foods you may want to stick with include yogurt, soup, and eggs, which are all soft enough that they won’t upset your healing tooth socket.
The answer is surprisingly no. Not everyone will actually need to have their wisdom teeth removed. While rare, some people will actually have enough room in their jaw to support their wisdom teeth without disrupting the surrounding teeth. However, these teeth will need to come in far enough that the patient will be able to care for them. Even if your jaw has room for them, your wisdom teeth will need to be removed if they don’t come in completely. If they don’t come in all the way, they will be hard to keep clean, which can result in tooth decay or gum disease.
Simply put, you don’t. However, the problem is that by the time that we will be able to tell whether or not they will come in right, they will be much more difficult to remove should it be necessary. For that reason, it is generally a better policy to simply have them removed while it can be done in as painless a manner as possible.
Here at our Williams Lake, BC practice, we are ready and waiting to answer any questions you may have about your wisdom teeth and our extraction services. It is through this willingness that we fulfill our desire to ensure that our patients are as educated as possible about their oral health and the procedures we use to keep them smiling. If you have a question or concern you would like addressed, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Rudy Wassenaar today.
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Williams Lake, BC V2G 1G1
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