What happens before a wisdom tooth is removed?

Before wisdom tooth surgery:
  • Your dentist will explain what to expect and help you plan for the appointment. Advice probably will include dressing comfortably in loose clothing and perhaps arranging for someone to be with you after your dental visit.
  • Extractions can be performed under local anesthesia. Your dentist can discuss what types of anesthesia and pain- or anxiety-reducing medication are available and suitable for you.
  • Talk to your dentist about any concerns or questions you have about the procedure, and how you can get advice after office hours if you develop a problem. If your general dentist refers you to a specialist, the two of them will work together to provide you with the best and most efficient care.
  • Before surgery is scheduled, it's especially important to tell your dentist about past illnesses and current medications -- both prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

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