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1-Not all extraction procedures require opioid prescriptions.
2-Opioid medication should be avoided as much as possible, because of the well-known side effects and potential consequences.
Hope this helps,
Jossi Stokes, DDS
narcotic, or they may have to simply prescribe a stronger one for a short while. But the goal is to limit the use, or at least the duration, of any narcotic. If your wisdom teeth are not impacted in the bone, but are either partially below the gum or through the gum, ibuprofen should be fine. Even aspirin will be quite effective. Plain Tylenol or acetaminophen may not be as effective.
Generally speaking, the more complicated the surgery, the greater the chance for needing any narcotic prescription. In any case, if you have a higher or lower tolerance for pain, that will also help determine what is most effective for you. You certainly won't be required to use opioids.
Michael A. Conrad, DDS, PC
Even if you need to use some stronger pain killers such as opioids it is a very short term and risk of dependancy is very low unless you have history of addictions. Hope this answers your question.
Opioids are used for the control of stronger pain that is not taken care of with NSAIDs or Tylenol. Whether or not you will need opioids is dependent upon you and your surgery. Best to discuss this with your oral surgeon.
I hope this helps.
David M. Kaffey, DDS