If you have stitches, take care to avoid disturbing them when you brush.
If you have a complicated procedure, your provider may prescribe a stronger medication.
Your dentist may also decide to send you to an oral surgeon for further evaluation.
Your dentist or oral surgeon may recommend that your wisdom teeth be extracted even before problems develop.
Dentists generally use local anesthesia, Clemens says, so you’ll be awake and able to feel some pressure, but the tooth and the surrounding area will be numb. If your dentist or oral surgeon cuts into the gum tissue, you may need stitches.
Your provider will let you know if the stitches will dissolve on their own or if you need to schedule a follow-up appointment to have them removed.Whether you’re having a single cavity filled or a whole set of wisdom teeth removed, it’s important to know what to expect after you leave the dentist or oral surgeon’s office.Most people feel better within a few days, but there are steps you should take (and a few things to avoid) to ensure that you heal completely.Procedurally, there can be differences between removing wisdom teeth and non-wisdom teeth, according to Dave Clemens, president of the Wisconsin Dental Association and a practicing dentist in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.“Extractions are all done pretty much in the same manner, but usually it’s the lower wisdom teeth that cause trouble,” Clemens said.“They’re trapped in a confined space, so getting them out is difficult with tissue in the way.”For a simple extraction, your dentist can often perform the procedure.This is done to avoid a more painful or more complicated extraction that might have to be done a few years later.Removal is easier in young people, when the wisdom teeth roots are not yet fully developed and the bone is less dense.For a more complicated extraction — like removing the lower wisdom teeth — your dentist will likely refer you to an oral surgeon.Oral surgeons typically use general anesthesia, so you won’t be awake during the procedure.Poor alignment of wisdom teeth can crowd or damage adjacent teeth, the jawbone, or nerves.Wisdom teeth also can be impacted -- they are enclosed within the soft tissue and/or the jawbone or only partially break through or erupt through the gum.