Preparing for Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth removal in Noble Square can be scary and stressful to think about. When going through a surgery, no matter how small, it’s important to be prepared. Knowing as much information as possible before getting your wisdom teeth removed not only educates you, but also calms some nerves so there are no surprises.

Questions to ask

When your dentist or oral surgeon informs you that it is time you make an appointment to get your wisdom teeth removed, it’s okay to ask them questions. In fact, you should. There are different answers depending on each person and the factors that led them to wisdom teeth removal. Nonetheless, here are some, but not all, questions you can ask before your surgery.

  • How many teeth will be removed?
  • What do you use, local or general anesthesia?
  • How long does the surgery take?
  • Is it possible that I will get nerve damage from the surgery?
  • Is there anything I should avoid eating and/or drinking before the surgery?
  • How long is the recovery?

The day of the surgery

When general anesthesia is used, make sure you have someone there at the end of the procedure to drive you home. However, regardless of the type of anesthesia, it’s comforting and helpful to have someone drive you home anyway. Nausea can occur, so it’s possible that your dentist recommends fasting the night before starting at midnight. Make sure you check which prescription medications you can take before the surgery if you take any on a regular basis.

How to handle the pain

Pain medication and a cold pack will be your best friends after the surgery is completed. Make sure you have a few cold packs ready before you head into the surgery. Ask your dentist if you can bring the pain reliever prescription to your pharmacy a day early. Additionally, you can use over-the-counter pain meds to help you if you don’t have a prescription right away.

Rest, rest, rest

After the surgery, you will need to be resting. Make sure you have a comfortable area at home where you can lay down and let the anesthesia wear off. You’re not going to want to do much for a couple of days after the surgery. Make sure you plan accordingly with school or work. You should be eating only soft foods and smoothies. Avoid anything hard or chewy. Additionally, don’t use straws because they can cause air sockets.

Wisdom teeth removal in Noble Square at EV Dental Centre is performed regularly. You can read more about it and let us know if you have any questions!

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