Surgical Extractions and Wisdom Teeth
Depending on the situation, a day stay admission may be required and rarely an overnight hospital admission. This is determined at the preoperative consultation; the complexity of the surgery, together with other factors such as medical conditions are taken into account.
The recovery period with time off work (or school/ uni or other activities) can range from just a day or two, to a week or so -again depending on the complexity of the surgery and your individual healing response.
In many cases long-acting local anesthesia gets you over the initial discomfort, and it is advisable to commence pain medication early on, ie before it becomes uncomfortable as the anesthetic wears off (see below and the separate section on Pain Management).
A note on Toradol (ketorolac)
This medication (same ‘family’ as Nurofen) is extremely effective for surgery such as wisdom teeth extractions, and together with Panadol (paracetamol) makes it even more effective for longer and stronger pain relief. Panadeine can be used sparingly instead of Panadol. Toradol can aggravate heartburn/ acid reflux and cause a tummy-ache in certain susceptible people even when taken with food, so best to stop taking it if this happens. It is also essential to drink plenty of fluids with all these non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, particularly after oral surgery (to avoid dehydration and complications) ie to protect your stomach and kidneys. Remember your surgeon is only just a phone call away and is always your first point of call (post-operative handout you received provides all contact numbers).