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A 39-year-old member asked:

how painful to have wisdom teeth removed?

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Dr. Sal Aragona
Dentistry 41 years experience
It is not: There is no doubt that today that it can be done very confortablely with excellent anesthesia and IV sedation that you wake up and everything is done without you remembering a thing. Premedication with anti infamatory and anti swelling perscriptions can make even your experience afterwards very comfortable.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
Pain Management 36 years experience
Painless: With a combination of knowledge, expertise, kindness, proper anesthesia and gentleness, dentists can do a lot to make your wisdom teeth surgery uneventful, pleasant, painless and stress free. The key to successful and uneventful recovery from wisdom teeth surgery is appropriate anesthesia and finding the right dentist/surgeon. Good luck.

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Depends : There is some degree of pain or discomfort associated with the removal of any tooth as well as a wisdom tooth. How a patient perceives and handles the pain and/or discomfort varies in different individuals and societies. Your dentist or surgeon will likely discuss options to make your surgery as comfortable for you as possible and prescribe medication for you to take as needed after surgery.
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Ice, rest and meds: Apply an ice pack to your face as soon as the procedure is over. If possible, place an ice chest in your car to hold ice packs. Take the prescribed medication as directed. Ask the dentist if you can take ibuprophen to decrease swelling. Obey the four s's : no sucking from straw, slurping from spoon, smoking, or steamy hot foods for 24 hours. Keep your head elevated and rest. Best of luck!
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Is it painful to have all four wisdom teeth removed at once?

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Dr. David Kam
Dr. David Kam answered
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A member asked:

Can i get away with not having my wisdom teeth removed? I have two wisdom teeth that have never erupted that my dentist says i need to have removed. They're not causing my any pain or problems, and they've been there for some time. Will i be fine if i don

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
There : There is much debate on this subject and I am sure the other panelists will add their views. Extraction of the impacted wisdom teeth is a surgical procedure, and the surgery has risks of complications. They are asymptomatic, and if they are not affecting the second molars in front of them by trapping food, then there may not be a benefit to having them removed.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Hello, i'm getting all 4 of my wisdom teeth removed in a couple weeks, and i was wondering how painful will it be?

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Dr. Alexandra Jaquery
Cosmetic Dentistry 14 years experience
It depends : Teeth can be positioned in several places. Some are erupted, some are very impacted in bone. The more bone trimming needs to be done to remove them, the more tender it will be. Everyone had a different experience. The first few days are the worse, after one week life should feel normal again...

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