August 10th, 2018
Wisdom teeth tend to come in around the age of 17-25 or when a person is old enough to have gained some wisdom. Unfortunately, wisdom teeth can often cause serious complications, which is why we typically recommend getting them taken out (Don’t worry, you won’t lose your wisdom!). Here’s what you need to know before you head to your appointment.
Eat a light meal
If you will be on a local anesthesia during the surgery, it’s good to have a light meal before going in to help keep your blood sugar levels up. For any other anesthesia, an empty stomach is best.
Bring a friend
Don’t even think about driving home after your surgery! Instead, bring a friend to our office not only for moral support, but to help you after the surgery. Everyone reacts to anesthesia differently, so you may wake up feeling groggy or drowsy. This is why it’s important to have someone with you during or after your appointment
We offer a variety of sedation options to our patients in order to help you feel more comfortable during your surgery. These options include local anesthetic, nitrous oxide, IV sedation, hospital-based general anesthesia, etc. We will help you determine which one will be the best for your case.
Eat soft foods
The best way to heal after surgery is to stay away from solid, hard or crunchy foods. We recommend stocking up on broth, juice, and smoothies that you can drink for the first 24 hours. And remember, no straws!
Ice and elevation
There will be swelling after your surgery. To help with the recovery, keep your head elevated and place ice packs on your cheeks for the first few days. This will allow you to heal faster and can help with swelling.
Get plenty of rest
After the anesthesia wears off, you’ll most likely need some pain medication, which can cause drowsiness. Use this is as an excuse to catch some extra zzz’s. Getting plenty of rest will help speed up the healing process.
Don’t brush your teeth
It will be very tempting to want to brush your teeth right after surgery, but resist the urge for the first day. The first 24 hours after surgery are very important for the healing process, and brushing, rinsing or spitting can disturb this process.
While this post covers the basics of what you should know before getting your teeth removed, each case is different. If you have any questions, be sure to ask Dr. Davis or Dr. Metcalf before you have surgery.