Wisdom tooth extraction is a common type of oral surgery that is performed by dentists, oral surgeons, or maxillofacial surgeons. You may have seen videos or heard stories of the aftermath that individuals have faced after their wisdom tooth surgery. Whether it is funny reactions from the anaesthetics or having to rely on a liquid diet afterwards, wisdom teeth surgery and the aftermath may make you feel nervous. As many individuals are given anaesthetics during their extraction, so they are either numbed or asleep during the procedure, the surgery itself can be a pretty easy experience. The aftermath is what people need to be educated on in order to have the best experience as possible. Below, you will find tips on how to prepare for and recover from wisdom tooth extraction surgery.
Buy Groceries Before The Surgery
After wisdom tooth surgery, you will be required to eat a liquid diet; this can include soup, jelly, pudding, shakes, applesauce, yogurt, and more. It is preferred that you eat food that does not require you to chew; you will have stitches in your mouth and solid foods may cause them to tear. Not only will you have to eat a liquid diet that you don’t have to chew, but you will also need to ensure the food you buy is not served at very hot or cold temperatures.
Get Someone to Drive You To Your Surgery
Since anaesthetics are used for wisdom tooth surgeries, it is important to have someone drive you to and from your appointment. The anaesthetics will leave you feeling groggy and could impair your driving. Choose a person you can trust to take you to and from your appointment. They should know you well enough to speak on your behalf since you will be required to go to a pharmacy and pick up a pain medication prescription. Since you cannot talk, it is important that you choose someone that can provide all the information the pharmacy will need to know.
Take Care of Your Mouth
Once your wisdom teeth are removed, you will be required to have gauze in your mouth to soak up any blood or saliva as well as help the clotting process. The gauze should be kept in your mouth for at least 30 minutes after your surgery; do not change the gauze. Once the gauze is removed, there is a variety of steps that need to be taken in order to take care of the surgery site. These include avoiding continuously spitting out blood as well as rinsing your mouth with salt water. When rinsing your mouth with salt water, combine 1 teaspoon of salt and 8 ounces of warm water. Do not gurgle the water; let the water sit in your mouth as gurgling could cause a blood clot in the surgical site.
There is a variety of steps that can be taken in order to make your wisdom tooth surgery recovery the best experience as possible. In order to fully prepare for your surgery, as well as the aftermath of it, follow the above steps. Most dentists and oral surgeons who complete these surgeries will provide you with a booklet of information with additional information about the surgery and recover process to ensure you are as educated as possible about it.