Wisdom teeth extraction is a standard procedure that most Americans need to undergo. It is entirely reasonable to feel nervous before the treatment, but patients should know there is no reason to feel anxious.
How Long Does Wisdom Teeth Removal Take?
Generally, removing a wisdom tooth takes under an hour in our Missoula dental office. The actual surgical procedure is not painful because patients will be under local anesthesia. They will feel the same amount of discomfort that a cavity does.
At Nelson Dentistry, Dr. Jonathan Nelson and his amazing dental team work hard to make sure all patients feel comfortable and happy.
We make sure that patients are numb or asleep throughout the entire extraction, the most discomfort they will feel is when the local anesthesia wears off. For this, we recommend over-the-counter pain medication.
Once the procedure is done, Dr. Nelson will stitch the wounds to allow quick healing; they will dissolve by themselves after a few days.
We may apply clean gauze to soak any blood; if bleeding doesn't stop, contact us immediately.
After Your Wisdom Tooth Extraction
As with any surgery, it's normal to feel groggy and dreamy after the anesthesia wears off. Patients can also expect some inflammation and swelling for the next couple of days.
If you are feeling a severe and sharp pain, let us know immediately.
We recommend that patients rest and only eat soft foods for a few days until the stitches naturally dissolve.
This is the best time to catch up on your beauty sleep! Or your favorite shows and movies, or curl up with a book.
Are Your Wisdom Teeth Acting Up?
There's no reason to suffer needlessly; we can extract your teeth in one dental visit and get you back to your normal life.