If you are over 25 years old and have not gotten your wisdom teeth removed, then you will need to get on that as soon as possible. People under 25 should also make it a priority to get their wisdom teeth removed sooner rather than later. To learn why and find out what to expect from your procedure, just keep reading.
Why Wisdom Teeth Removal is Necessary
As your wisdom teeth start growing, they will impact the teeth next to them, shifting their placement and ruining your bite. As wisdom teeth are not necessary for maintaining proper oral health, getting them removed as soon as possible is in your best interests. Due to their location and lack of accessibility, food and bacteria will get caught and result in tooth decay, and even infection.
What to Do Beforehand
Before you leave for your procedure, make sure you shower and thoroughly brush your teeth, as you will not be able to do either of those for a while after the extraction. And to make sure you are comfortable right off the bat, set up a recovery area with elevated seating and distractions to keep you entertained for a few days. As you probably will not be in any position to make food, have soft, pre-made meals ready for the next day or so.
What to Expect After the Procedure
You are going to be pretty groggy after your wisdom tooth removal, which is why you will need someone to care for you for the next 24-hours until the anesthesia works its way out of your system. Once the drugs have worn off, expect to be in pain for the next few days, as well as possible swelling in the cheeks. Ask your surgeon whether or not sutures were used, as you are prepared and do not do anything to disturb them.
What Not to Do Afterwards
After you have had your wisdom teeth removed, there are several things you will not be able to do for the next few hours, days and weeks. Following your surgery, avoid using straws, spitting, smoking, brushing your teeth, rinsing your mouth or eating solid foods for the next 24 hours or so. Furthermore, to prevent dry socket from occurring, move as minimally as possible. Even so much as lifting a backpack can dislodge the blood clot and cause immense pain.
When to Call Your Oral Surgeon
As you have just undergone surgery, it is important to contact your surgeon if something does not seem right. Experiencing any of these symptoms could be an indication of a more serious condition. If you have a hard time breathing or swallowing, are excessively bleeding, find pus at the removal site, have a fever, sensation loss, or excessive pain or swelling three days later, then call the emergency line.
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