What You Can Expect When Your Impacted Tooth Is Removed

When you have been suffering from an inexplicable sore mouth or throat as well as a feeling that you have food stuck in your gums, you may find yourself wondering what you will be able to do to fix the problems you are experiencing. If it turns out that you have an impacted tooth and are getting ready for a full service, board certified impacted tooth extraction procedure, you are one step closer to feeling like you can finally get back to normal. Get to know more about what you can expect when your impacted tooth is removed so that you can make sure you are prepared for what is to come.  

If You Are Told To Take Any Medications Prior To Surgery, Make Sure You Do So

Impacted teeth can cause periodontal disease and can become infected themselves prior to discovery and removal. Because of this, your dentist or oral surgeon may prescribe you with antibiotics to take leading up to your extraction surgery.

Be sure that you take the medication as instructed before your surgery. Not only can antibiotics help you fight off any infection that you have in your mouth before surgery, they can also provide preventive protection for after your surgery so that you do not develop additional infections at the incision site.

Dentists and oral surgeons may also recommend that you take an anti-anxiety medication the morning of your surgery as well. This is often prescribed to patients who express a dental phobia or who have a hard time with needles and the like. Be sure to take the anti-anxiety prescription at the correct time so that you can be relaxed for surgery.

Take The Day Of Your Surgery And Possibly The Next Day Off

While oral surgery is a relatively minor surgical procedure, you will still be tired and experience soreness following the surgery. As such, you should plan to take the entire day of your oral surgery off from work and other strenuous activities.

Depending on the location of the impacted tooth and the severity, you may be put under general anesthesia or you may receive a local anesthetic. This can cause drowsiness, disorientation, and even nausea in some cases. None of these symptoms are what you want to experience at work.

For around 24 hours following surgery, you will also likely be told by your dentist not to engage in any activity that involves lifting, bending, or any strain on the body. This can impact your blood flow and can cause additional pain and bleeding at your incision site. So, be sure that you at least take the day of your surgery off from work and maybe even the next day so that you can get the rest you need to start the healing process off right.

Now that you know more about what to expect when your impacted tooth is removed, you can be sure that you are prepared going into your surgery and you recover as quickly as possible.    

For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from Central PA Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons LLC.