Everything to Know and Expect When You Get Your Wisdom Teeth Pulled
If you need to get your wisdom teeth removed, there are things you should know. Click here to learn what to expect when you get your wisdom teeth pulled.
So, it’s time to get your wisdom teeth pulled?
Don’t fret, this is an incredibly common and routine procedure. In fact, approximately five million Americans get their wisdom teeth removed each and every year. While you may have to schedule a few sick days, you’re going to be back on your feet in no time!
But, as with any medical procedure, it’s only natural to feel a slight degree of anxiety as your procedure approaches. The best way to minimize this anxiety is to prepare adequately beforehand.
So, if you’re getting your wisdom teeth removed, you’re going to want to read this. We’re uncovering the seven things that everyone should know and expect when it comes time to get your wisdom teeth pulled.
Let’s get started!
1. Prepare in Advance and Book Time Off
First things first, it’s time to clock in some sick days with work.
Keep in mind that the first 24-hours are going to be met with plenty of medication. From here, the following few days have the potential to be slightly painful, uncomfortable and generally met with sleepiness.
To prepare in advance, do yourself a favor and schedule a few days off. Most patients will schedule their appointment for a Friday. By the following Tuesday, the majority of patients will feel ready to return to work.
2. You’ll Receive a Local Anesthetic
In order to numb the area, you’re going to be receiving a local anesthetic.
This ensures that you won’t feel any pain throughout the entire process. During the procedure, you will be sedated while your oral surgeon completes the job. Once the job is complete, you will wake up.
If you’re feeling extremely anxious about the procedure, your oral surgeon may give you a sedative to help calm your nerves.
3. You’re Going to Want to Bring a Friend
When it comes to preparation, you’re going to want to employ the buddy system.
Remember, you’re going to be receiving an anesthetic so you won’t be able to drive. Upon waking, you’re going to feel sleepy, less alert and just generally confused. This is common and is to be expected for almost all patients.
Having a trusting friend or family member present will ensure that you get home safely and that you’re taken care of. This person is also going to be responsible for dispensing your drugs for the first few days.
4. You’re Going to Be Puffy
If you’ve ever accompanied a friend or family member to their wisdom tooth removed, you know firsthand the puffiness that follows.
So, yes, you’re going to resemble a chipmunk following your appointment. Unfortunately, this puffiness comes in varying degrees and can be expected to last up to a week. In fact, this puffiness may peak after the first 24-hours and remain for a few days.
Continuing to keep your head elevated and applying ice will help to tone down your puffiness.
5. You May Experience Pain After
Of course, the level of pain and discomfort following the procedure depends on the person. While some people experience very little pain following the removal, others feel more intense pain and discomfort.
Following your appointment, you can expect to feel slight discomfort in the first 24-hours. Fortunately, your oral surgeon is likely going to prescribe you medication to help numb the pain. This is another reason that taking time off of work is so important following your procedure.
You’re also likely to experience varying degrees of bleeding. When this happens, you can bite on medical gauze to help stop the bleeding. Don’t fret when you experience this bleeding, this is a natural reaction and is commonly experienced by many patients.
6. It’s Time to Welcome Soft Foods
It’s safe to say that getting your wisdom teeth removed isn’t exactly the time to feast on your favorite crunchy foods.
In fact, you’re going to be directing your attention to soft foods for about a week following your appointment. During the first 24-hours, you’re going to be dining on a nearly pure liquid diet. Hello smoothies and goodbye potato chips!
From here, you can move onto foods that are generally soft and easy to swallow. These are foods such as pureed soups, mashed potatoes, eggs and soft pasta. As each day goes by, you’re going to feel that you can take on a minimized level of soft food.
You’re also going to want to avoid using a straw as it can risk removing your stitches.
7. Bid Farewell to Your Toothbrush
For all the chronic toothbrushers out there, this one’s going to be a tough pill to swallow: During the first 24-hours, you’re to avoid all brushing, flossing, spitting and rinsing related activity.
For relief, you can dampen a cloth and wet your tongue. This will help to moisturize your mouth without the risk of hurting your stitches. Until day two, this is as good as it’s going to get in the oral hygiene department.
On day two, you can slowly and carefully begin to reintroduce brushing to your routine. Just be mindful of your stitches and ensure that you’re brushing as gently as possible.
It’s Time to Get Your Wisdom Teeth Pulled!
Of course, having your wisdom teeth removed isn’t a coming of age necessity.
However, oral surgeons report that approximately 90 percent of people will have at least one impacted tooth. This means that there’s not enough room for it to break through your gums and will have to be removed.
The good news is that having your wisdom teeth removed in a relatively simple procedure. While it does require a local anesthetic, you’ll be back on your feet in no time. And, you can bid farewell to that looming anxiety about your wisdom teeth.
So, if you need to get your wisdom teeth pulled, be sure to use this guide to help you. Not only will it better prepare you for what’s to come, but you’ll also have a better understanding as to how it works.
Are you due for a dental checkup? If so, be sure to contact us today to set up an appointment.