Preparing for Wisdom Teeth Removal

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When it comes to wisdom teeth removal, you can never be too prepared. To have a restful recovery, it is critical that you prepare as much as possible prior to your surgery. Preparing ahead of time might also help calm any fears you may have about having your wisdom teeth extracted. We’ve put together a list of pointers that can help you recover quickly and worry less.

Make an Appointment

Your family dentist will most likely advise you when it’s time to have your wisdom teeth removed. After that, you’ll need to make an appointment with an experienced oral surgeon. When scheduling your visit, be sure to tell your surgeon about any pre-existing medical conditions you may have as well as any medications you’re taking. Either of these factors could influence how your surgeon removes your wisdom teeth.

Make Inquiries

After you’ve scheduled your operation, your surgeon may give you specific instructions on how to prepare for it. This is an excellent opportunity to ask your surgeon detailed questions about your surgery. Here are some questions to bring up with your surgeon:

  • How many teeth will you be removing?
  • When should I show up for my appointment?
  • How long would it take for my operation to be completed?
  • Is it necessary for me to abstain from taking prescription medications before to surgery?
  • Should I fast for a certain amount of time before my procedure? (Generally, fasting for eight hours before surgery is recommended, but this can vary depending on the circumstances and surgeon.)

Make a schedule

Start finalizing your schedule in the weeks leading up to your procedure. Plan an easy day the day before your surgery and don’t eat for at least eight hours. Then, for the next 1-2 days after your procedure, clear your schedule. The anesthetic may take up to 24 hours to wear off completely, and you may experience some pain afterward.

You can resume your daily routine after 1-2 days. However, for at least a week, avoid any vigorous activities. Of course, everyone recovers at their own rate, but it’s ideal to leave some wiggle space in your plan in case something unexpected happens.

Good Oral Hygiene

Of course, you should brush your teeth on a regular basis. However, you must maintain great oral hygiene in the days preceding up to your surgery. Brush your teeth, floss your teeth, and use mouthwash at least three times every day. You will not be able to wash your teeth for 24 hours after wisdom teeth removal. Practicing good oral hygiene prior to surgery will help to guarantee that there are no complications.

Medication Preparation

If you know your oral surgeon is going to prescribe pain medication for you, inquire if they can do so before the surgery. You won’t have to pick up the medication when you’re sleepy, and you’ll be able to concentrate on getting better. It’s also a good idea to stock up on generic pain relievers like ibuprofen in case you forget to take your prescription.

You’ll also need some ice packs in addition to the prescription. Your cheeks will swell up a lot after the surgery (think chipmunk cheeks). Swelling can be reduced with the use of ice packs.

Purchase Soft Foods

Your mouth will be painful and swollen after surgery. To ensure the best possible recuperation, we recommend that you stock up on soft foods before your surgery.

Here are some soft foods to consider adding to your shopping list:

  • Yogurt from Greece
  • Smoothie
  • Potatoes mashed
  • Apple ketchup
  • Cottage cheese is a type of cheese.
  • Broth
  • Banana or avocado mashed
  • Hummus

After a few days, you can begin experimenting with different foods. However, avoid crunchy foods that need extra biting in the weeks following your surgery, such as apples. Small items, such as seeds or rice, should be avoided since they can easily get stuck in the gaps where your wisdom teeth used to be.

Finding a competent oral surgeon you can trust is the greatest way to prepare for your wisdom teeth removal. Dr. Wooten has performed thousands of operations at Oral and Facial Surgery of Oklahoma. He is a fantastic oral surgeon because of his knowledge, experience, and love for what he does. This is the place to go if you want reasonable prices and an educated and friendly staff. Today is the last day to schedule your free consultation and exam!

**Disclaimer: This site content is not intended to be medical advice nor establishes a doctor-patient relationship.