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Wisdom teeth removal is a common necessity, as most mouths can’t accommodate the new set of molars. Wisdom teeth can overcrowd a mouth, become impacted, and increase risk of tooth decay. Our team at Derek C. Barnes, DMD wants you to be prepared for the removal of your wisdom teeth.

Before the day of the procedure, you can speak to Dr. Derek C. Barnes about your specific condition. Knowing how many teeth need to be removed, the time duration of the surgery, and the time duration of the healing will help you plan your appointment according.

If you take prescription medication, ask Dr. Derek C. Barnes if you need to alter your dose. As for nonprescription drugs, inquire about which ones you can and cannot take before surgery.

At Derek C. Barnes, DMD, we offer sedation dentistry in the form of nitrous oxide, as well as general anesthesia. Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, will allow you to drive yourself home after the surgery, while general anesthesia will put you in a deep sleep that could compromise your ability to drive for a few hours. Please coordinate your ride home based on the type of painkiller you will receive.

The healing process varies from person to person, depending on the number of teeth removed and the difficulty of the procedure. Before your surgery, be sure to stock up on soft foods, like yogurt and soup, and ice packs. Dr. Derek C. Barnes will also provide you with specific instructions to care for your mouth while your gums heal.

If you need wisdom teeth removal in Charlotte, North Carolina, contact Derek C. Barnes, DMD at 704-849-6700. Our friendly staff will ensure that you are well prepared for the procedure and recovery process.