Preparing For Your Wisdom Tooth Removal Surgery
Having your wisdom teeth removed is basically a rite of passage these days. If left in your mouth, your wisdom teeth can cause so many problems later on that it's just easier to have them removed when you're in your late teens or early 20s. But although wisdom tooth removal is pretty routine, it is still a surgical procedure. As such, you'll want to take these steps to prepare for the removal beforehand.
1. Make sure you have a ride home.
In most cases, you will be put under general anesthesia or a heavy sedative in order to have your wisdom teeth removed. This has the benefit of ensuring you don't feel a thing or get too traumatized during the procedure, but it also means you'll be a bit groggy and out of it for at least a few hours after the surgery. As such, you will need someone to drive you home — and preferably then stay with you for at least a few hours to ensure you recover from the anesthesia without any major problems.
2. Stock up on soft foods.
You can begin eating again the same day as your procedure. In fact, your dentist will recommend eating as soon as you're comfortable doing so, as this allows your body to get the nutrition it needs to heal your gums. However, you will need to stick to soft foods for at least three days — and probably for close to a week. Some foods to stock up on include yogurt, cottage cheese, pudding, applesauce, and soups. You can create a surprisingly balanced meal using only these soft foods that require minimal chewing. If you plan to drink smoothies or juices, just don't drink them through a straw — it can cause dry socket, a painful side effect of the healing process.
3, Cancel your plans for three days.
Everyone recovers from wisdom tooth surgery at a different rate. You might feel well enough to go to work the day after, but you should not count on this. Clear your schedule for three days to ensure you have enough time to recover comfortably in your own home.
4. Fill your prescriptions.
Your dentist may give you a prescription for pain relievers and possibly also for antibiotics. If possible, you should fill these before you head in to your surgery appointment so the medications are ready and waiting when you arrive home. You don't want to be trying to fill a prescription when you're groggy and nauseous from anesthetic.
Speak to a dental surgeon for more advice.