Before The Wisdom Tooth Removal Surgery
When it comes to removing your wisdom tooth, the first thing you’ll need to do is set up an appointment with an oral surgeon. They will talk about the entire process and answer any questions you may have about the actual removal and recovery. Additionally, the surgeon will need to find out about any medications you’re currently taking as well as your medical history. They will also talk about the particular type of anesthesia that they’ll need to use for the surgery. Once completed, you’ll have to select a day and time to get your wisdom tooth removed.
A typical wisdom tooth removal surgery will take approximately 45 minutes to complete. The actual extraction won’t hurt at all due to the fact that you’ll be under anesthesia. You will likely be given a choice of being given oral, general or IV sedation. Your oral surgeon will recommend the best type of anesthesia. Once you’ve been fully sedated, the surgeon will use their surgical tools in order to remove the wisdom tooth from your mouth. They will need to cut your gums, remove the wisdom tooth and then stitch up the gum to seal the wound. The stitches used will actually dissolve within a couple of days so you won’t need to return to the surgeon in order to remove them.
Once the surgery is complete, you’ll feel a bit groggy. Also, once the anesthesia starts to wear off, you’ll feel a bit of pain and swelling and there may be some blood as well. Your oral surgeon will let you know exactly what to take in order to deal with the pain, which would most likely be over the counter or prescription based painkillers.
After you’ve left your surgeon’s office, you should relax for the remaining of the day. It is definitely recommended that you rest in bed or even on your couch.
It is essential that you take excellent care of your mouth once you reach home in order to prevent any issues such as an infection. So, it is imperative that you listen carefully to the aftercare instructions and follow them exactly. Your surgeon will likely provide a lot of gauze so that you can change the gauze regularly. This gauze is necessary to soak up the blood from the wound. After a couple of days have passed, you should be able to get back to your normal day to day life.
In addition to pain killers and gauze, you’ll also likely be given a prescription for antibiotics which will prevent any infections from occurring. Be sure to follow your surgeon’s instructions on taking the antibiotics and pain killers so that you can deal with the pain.
What Should You Eat After Getting Your Wisdom Tooth Removed?
Once you have left your surgeon’s office after the surgery, you can eat right away if you need to. However, do note that you likely won’t feel very hungry right after getting the extraction done.
It is recommended that you only eat soft food for the next couple of days after your surgery. You should avoid foods that you need to chew a lot. This will help you from breaking your stitches. So, be sure to eat lots of soft foods such as soup, milkshakes pudding, broth etc. You should also drink lots of water so that you’re well hydrated.
It should take you approximately 3 to 4 days in order to completely recover from your wisdom tooth surgery. However, in the event that your wisdom tooth was impacted, then this would lengthen the amount of time you’d need to recover to about 7 days. With that said, by the third day, you should experience a significant reduction in swelling and pain.
It is worth noting that it is still possible to get an infection even many months after you’ve removed your wisdom tooth. So, it is essential that you pay close attention to your oral hygiene. In the event that you experience a lot of pain, numbness, fever, bleeding and swelling, you need to call your doctor as soon as possible. If you experience any of these symptoms then it likely means that you have an infection or even nerve damage.
Removing a wisdom tooth is a very normal and safe procedure that you have nothing to worry about. Once you follow the steps above to take care of yourself after the surgery, you should have a quick recovery. So, be sure to give us a call so we can schedule your appointment.