How should I expect to feel following my wisdom tooth extraction?
Your mouth, gums, jawbone, tongue, and sides of your face can feel numb for several hours after the procedure until the anesthesia wears off. Once it does, you can notice pain and discomfort.
There will be some swelling and discomfort for about three days. It also takes about two weeks before your gums and mouth are healed.
During this time, your orthodontist may have you take an antibiotic as a precaution to prevent infection. They may also prescribe a mild pain reliever to take for a few days.
Can I drive after a wisdom tooth extraction?
If a local anesthetic was used, you might feel fine driving following your procedure. However, most people will have someone come with them to drive them home afterward.
Is wisdom teeth removal considered surgery?
Wisdom teeth removal is considered a major oral surgery since the teeth are being extracted. You will be given anesthesia to numb the gums. Some people may also require sedation.
Is the removal of my wisdom teeth medical or dental?
Oral surgery to remove wisdom teeth is considered a dental procedure since it is often performed to improve your overall oral health.