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Questions to ask your dentist

BMJ Group Medical Reference

If you've been diagnosed with impacted wisdom teeth, you may want to ask your dentist some of these questions.

Questions you might want to ask

  • Are my wisdom teeth impacted? (Wisdom teeth are impacted if they haven't come through the gum properly.)

  • Which ones are impacted?

  • Are they causing any problems at the moment?

  • Will they cause problems in the future?

  • What, if any, treatments do you advise?

If your dentist advises you to have your impacted wisdom teeth removed
  • Why do I need my wisdom teeth removed?

  • Is it because they are causing problems now or because they might do so in the future?

  • Do I need to have the operation soon?

  • Who will do the operation? How much experience do they have?

  • Where will the operation be done?

  • Which impacted wisdom teeth need to come out?

  • Will removing my wisdom teeth be a complicated operation?

  • How long should my operation take?

  • What type of anaesthetic do you think I will need?

  • Could I have a sedative to make me calm for the operation?

  • What are the risks of having my wisdom teeth taken out?

  • What could go wrong?

  • Is there any risk of permanent problems from having this operation?

  • How long will it take for me to recover?

  • How long will I be away from work/school?

Glossary

anaesthetic

An anaesthetic is a chemical that blocks the ability to feel sensations like pain or heat. A local anaesthetic blocks the feeling in a specific area of the body. For example, your dentist uses a local anaesthetic like lignocaine in your gums so that you don't feel the pain of having a cavity filled. A general anaesthetic makes you completely unconscious and is usually used only in a carefully controlled environment like an operating room.

For more terms related to Wisdom teeth, impacted

Citations

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Last Updated: June 21, 2012
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