Wisdom teeth extraction is a common procedure, so when it comes time to have your wisdom tooth (or teeth) removed, remember that there is no need to worry! However, there are a few things you can do to be prepared for the procedure and the recovery process. Continue reading to learn how to prepare for your wisdom teeth extraction to ensure it goes as smoothly as possible.
Once your dentist or oral surgeon tells you that you need to have your wisdom teeth removed, the first step is to ask questions. Your first question is likely why your teeth need to be removed, and the answer is often that the teeth are impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth may grow at an angle towards another tooth or the back of your mouth, or may be trapped within the jawbone. Impacted wisdom teeth can be very painful and result in infection, gum disease, and other problems, so removal is often the best option.
You may have many other questions about the procedure, including how your teeth will be removed, how difficult will the surgery be, and what you should expect in the days following the wisdom teeth extraction. Your dentist or oral surgeon will be able to answer any questions you have and make sure you are fully prepared for the procedure.
Day Of Preparation
On the day of your wisdom teeth removal, you will likely be under general anesthesia, so it’s important to schedule a ride with a family member or friend. Wisdom teeth removal is almost always an outpatient procedure, so you can feel comfortable knowing that you’ll arrive home safely with time to rest and recover.
Be sure to write down any specific instructions from your dentist, as they may have notes about your diet leading up to the procedure. When general anesthesia is used, you may have restrictions on what you can and can’t eat prior to the procedure. Your dentist or oral surgeon may tell you that you need to start fasting the night before the appointment, as anesthesia can cause nausea. As long as you listen to the professionals and follow their instructions, you will have no problems!
As with any procedure, we want to know what to expect from the recovery process. Your dentist will give you instructions on how to take care of your mouth, as it is important to reduce swelling and allow your mouth to heal. Also, you will likely have to eat soft foods and liquids, as chewing will be painful for a few days. You may have pain medications prescribed, so ask questions to ensure you know how to take them safely.
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