Knowing how to prepare for wisdom tooth removal is important. Each year, nearly 10 million wisdom teeth are impacted and and require extraction during early adulthood. This procedure is dreaded by many but is a necessary step towards proper oral health. If you or anyone you know might need wisdom tooth extraction, read up on how to prepare for both the surgery and the recovery.
Before Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Get a Consultation — Always consult your dentist about the best procedure before wisdom tooth extraction. Some patients require more intensive procedures with anesthesia while other patients do not. Be sure to ask which kind of anesthesia are safest for you, and learn what your risks are beforehand. Also make sure your dentist thoroughly explains what worse-case scenario might occur if you do not receive the removal.
Prepare for Recovery — On average, wisdom tooth extraction recovery lasts about a week. Depending on a patient’s health and commitment to proper recovery, it might be shorter or longer. For a faster recovery time (about four-days-long), request that your dental surgeon uses local anesthesia, and be sure not to smoke any cigarettes leading up to surgery. Also, take some steps to prevent any type of dry socket.
Recovery After Wisdom Tooth Removal
- Sleep Properly — To quicken your recovery time, be sure to sleep with your head elevated. Propping your head up with a couple extra pillows at night ensures that your mouth stops bleeding and helps you heal.
- Eat Carefully — Be sure to drink a lot of nutrient and calorically-dense liquids, such as juices and protein shakes after surgery when you’re unable to chew. These are generally lower in then refined sugars and empty calories that slow down recovery. As your mouth begins to heal, slowly start introducing soft foods, like mashed potatoes, back into your diet. During the entire process, patients should avoid eating spicy foods and drinking with straws.
- Stock Up — Before you head in for surgery, go to the grocery store to stock up on salt, gauzes and tea bags. Mix the salt in lukewarm water, and use the mixture to rinse out your mouth after eating. Also, gently bite down on gauzes or tea bags to reduce pain and bleeding.
- Ask for Help — At Southern Dental Care, our team is always available to help patients during any time of their recovery. If for some reason a dry socket occurs or if recovery takes longer than anticipated, we’ll be sure to help make the process more comfortable. We want your mouth to be healthy whether you’re recovering from surgery or not.
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Southern Dental Care is located in Marrero, Louisiana just 20 minutes away from New Orleans. We love to give patients the healthiest, most beautiful smiles possible by providing them with premier dental services. To learn more about our practice, contact us today!