Almost nobody will tell you that getting a wisdom teeth extraction done is comfortable, but these same people will also tell you that the procedure is definitely worth it. If you have wisdom teeth that need to come out, whether they are impacted or they are all the way in, the procedure can be less than comfortable. This is especially the case if you are getting all your wisdom teeth taken out at once or if you have other dental work done at the same time (this isn't common, but it's not unheard of).
So how do you make your wisdom teeth extraction more comfortable? Here are some tips you can use and don't forget to discuss all your concerns with your dentist.
Have them taken out before they hurt
If you have your wisdom teeth extraction done when your wisdom teeth aren't already causing you pain and discomfort, then you can have a better experience. This is because the healing process can be much easier and your gums and mouth may not be as swollen. As a bonus, if you have your wisdom teeth extraction surgery done when your teeth are not causing you pain, you may be less likely to have a mouth or gum infection at the time of your teeth removal, which can further improve your comfort.
That being said, if your teeth are already causing you lots of pain, don't wait for it to improve to get your wisdom teeth extraction done. The above is only beneficial if you haven't already experienced painful wisdom teeth.
Have them taken out under general anesthesia
Are you having all your wisdom teeth taken out at once, or are they impacted and are going to make your wisdom teeth extraction surgery that much more intense? If you tolerate general anesthesia, ask your dentist if you can be put under while you have the procedure done. This can make the wisdom teeth extraction surgery go much faster and can take away a lot of the stress and worry during the procedure. Plus, you won't feel a thing while you're under.
Unless it's been approved by your dental insurance, you'll have to pay for the additional anesthesia and care out of pocket. Your dentist may have a dental payment plan you can use to make paying for your dental procedure easier. Having your wisdom teeth removed doesn't have to be entirely uncomfortable if you plan ahead, ask your dentist what your options are, and have your wisdom teeth taken out before they become a major pain.
Contact your dentist for more information on wisdom teeth extraction.