A 56-year-old female asked:
can i eat before a wisdom tooth extraction?
5 doctor answers
Dr. Thomas Yash answered
45 years experience Dentistry
Not if to be sedated: Normal extraction of teeth using local anesthetics require few limitations. It is sometimes good to eat well prior to dental work because of some limitations following procedures, like numbness, bleeding, etc. However, if the removal of impacted wisdom teeth involves sedation plus local anesthesia. The doctor should give you a list of rules to follow so as not to have complication.
Answered on Mar 26, 2013
Dr. James Wright answered
32 years experience Dentistry
For local only: If your surgeon is using local anesthetic only, then yes. If he/she is using sedation you will want to check with them as there will be restrictions.
Answered on May 5, 2017
Dr. Gabriel Malouf answered
Specializes in Dentistry
Great advice.: Bottom line: check with your surgeon. Depending on the specifics it could be a good or bad idea to eat prior to the procedure.
Answered on Apr 12, 2020
Dr. Thomas Stelmach answered
38 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Yes: If you are going to have general anesthesia you need to stop eating 12 hours prior to surgery.
Answered on Sep 11, 2013
Dr. Eyal Simchi answered
Specializes in Pediatric Dentistry
Only if not sedated: If some sedative agents or general anesthesia will be used you may have to be without food or drink for up to 8 hours. Discuss pre-operative instructions with your dentist before treatment.
Answered on Jun 28, 2015
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