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How to Prepare for Wisdom Teeth Removal

Before having your wisdom teeth extracted, stock up on soups, puddings and other foods that require minimal chewing such as soup. Furthermore, drinking through a straw could dislodge blood clots from their sockets.

If you will require IV sedation, make arrangements for someone to accompany and drive you home from the procedure afterward. This person must be familiar with your medications and medical history.

Preparing for the Procedure

An individual should give themselves enough time off work or school for recovery following wisdom tooth extraction, and ensure someone will drive them home upon waking from anesthesia as it is unsafe to drive after being sedated, potentially leaving the person groggy and disoriented.

Before scheduling any procedure, it is vital that a patient informs their oral surgeon of any existing health conditions or medications they take regularly, so they may discuss whether surgery is an ideal choice or whether there may be alternative solutions available to them.

Prior to their procedure, individuals should ensure they have a soft diet stocked up on foods like soup, mashed potatoes, yogurt, Jell-O, scrambled eggs and fruit smoothies (avoid those containing seeds) along with over-the-counter pain medications if required.

At each wisdom teeth removal appointment, a dental drill will be used to divide each tooth into segments that can then be extracted with dental forceps. Once each tooth has been extracted from its socket, the area should be disinfected as necessary.

Doctors typically apply a piece of oral gauze over surgical sites to reduce bleeding and promote clotting, and change it as often as necessary, at least every hour; this is necessary because wounds tend to bleed for some time after surgery.

Once the wound is closed, a doctor will provide their patient with guidelines they should abide by during their healing period. These may include taking painkillers as directed, rinsing 3-4 times daily with warm water mixed with salt water rinses and eating only soft food for some days afterward.

If wisdom teeth become impacted or crowded, removal should take place as soon as possible to avoid complications such as pain, swelling and damage to other teeth. Seeking professional wisdom tooth extraction helps minimize this risk.

Preparing for the Anesthesia

Wisdom teeth removal may seem intimidating at first glance, but taking the necessary steps to prepare will ensure a more positive experience.

Talk with your dentist about any questions or issues you have; no question is too silly for them to address. Additionally, they need to know about any health conditions you are suffering from as well as medications (both over the counter and prescription) you are taking regularly so as to ensure anesthesia administered does not interact negatively with these prescriptions or cause unwanted reactions.

On the day of your procedure, arrive early so you can complete any paperwork or have an X-ray completed. Arrange for someone to drive you home afterwards as you will likely be too sleepy to drive safely yourself; additionally arrange child or pet care if required.

Once in our office, local anesthetic will be administered through an injection into the gum tissue at the site of tooth removal. You should remain awake during this process but will only experience pressure or movement–you should not feel any pain. Nitrous Oxide, commonly referred to as “laughing gas,” may also be added for added relaxation during treatment.

If you are having your impacted wisdom teeth removed, an incision will be made in order to expose both the tooth and its surrounding bone, with any bone that may be blocking its eruption removed before extracting it. Once complete, stitches will be put in place over the wound to control bleeding while gauze may be placed over it in order to promote clot formation and ensure an efficient healing process.

Once at home, it is wise to plan for a soft diet in the first few days after surgery. Plan to consume items like soup, pudding, Jell-O, yogurt, scrambled eggs and applesauce as part of this plan. Also stockpile cold drinks like Gatorade, juice or water and have plenty of ice packs handy in case any swelling or bruising occurs.

Preparing for the Recovery

Before having your wisdom teeth extracted, it is crucial that you prepare for their recovery process. Healing may take anywhere from several days to one week post-surgery; during that time it is best to rest as much as possible and avoid strenuous activities. Swelling and bruising are common. Ice packs or prescribed medication can help manage discomfort during this time; and to keep the extraction site clean three times daily with warm or salty water rinses will keep it looking its best.

At our facility, during your procedure we will use a numbing agent on your gums before injecting local anesthesia into the tooth area to keep you comfortable during the procedure without experiencing pain or pressure. Sometimes we may use Nitrous Oxide gas, more commonly referred to as “laughing gas”, to help relax you during this phase.

Once surgery has taken place, you will require rest and will not be able to drive yourself home afterward. Therefore it is advisable to arrange for someone else to take you home afterward. Alcohol or caffeinated beverages cannot be consumed for 24 hours post surgery; sipping through a straw might provide some liquid relief however we strongly discourage doing this for at least the first week as sucking can dislodge clots from the tooth sockets.

If you experience significant bleeding at the extraction site, biting down for 45 minutes on gauze or moistened tea bag should stop it and prevent dry socket, which can cause severe pain and other problems. If this doesn’t work, please reach out – otherwise we are available 24/7 to help stop this bleeding!

Be mindful when brushing and flossing around a tooth. We advise using antiseptic mouthwash from your local drugstore to keep this area of the mouth hygienic; brush the other areas as usual while flossing regularly to reduce infection risks. For an antibacterial rinse solution, add 1 teaspoon of salt per 4-5 ounces of warm water, and rinse 2-3 times each day and before bed.

Post-Operative Care

Wisdom tooth extraction is a relatively common dental procedure, yet recovery from it may take longer than expected. To reduce pain and discomfort during recovery, it is crucial that patients follow all instructions provided by their surgeon; such as what to eat/drink/take as medications/brush etc. Whether performed by dentists or oral surgeons, extracting wisdom teeth helps decrease complications like infection and gum disease, which in turn help decrease complications like these.

Surgically extracting wisdom teeth requires local anesthesia and, depending on your unique circumstances, possibly sedation. First, an injection will numb the area. Next, they’ll extract any surrounding tissues or bone surrounding a wisdom tooth; and in cases where wisdom teeth have partially or fully embedded themselves within jawbone structures they use a high-speed tool to extract these from its socket.

Following surgery, your mouth may feel sore. To reduce discomfort and help decrease swelling and bruising, ice packs may help.

Make sure that you stock up on food items that can be eaten without much chewing, like soups and puddings, along with drinks like Gatorade, water, and juice – beverages containing seeds or berries can hinder healing, and moisturizing mouthwash and saline solution may also come in handy for dry socket patients.

Make sure to arrange for enough restful recuperation time after surgery by setting aside time off work and planning to have someone drive you home from the dentist as you will not be able to drive while under anesthesia or sedation.

Individual needs will determine the number and timing of wisdom teeth extraction. In general, however, early removal is advised so as to prevent future problems from arising later. Impacted wisdom teeth that are forced into incorrect positions by other nearby teeth or overcrowded wisdom teeth that do not have enough room to erupt can cause tenderness, pain and infection – ultimately leading to tenderness, discomfort and infection.

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