Everyone dreads the day they feel those pesky new teeth start to pop up in the very back of your mouth. Whether you are scared of the dentist or drills, a close friend told you a horrifying recovery story, or you did a Google image search, one this is clear: wisdom teeth removal seems like a nightmare.
We aren’t here to tell you you won’t feel pain, but to give you the facts, in hopes that you can feel a sense of peace before the big day. Think of this are your handy guide to surviving your wisdom teeth removal in Birmingham.
(Wisdom teeth removal may be scary, but the dentist shouldn’t be. Don’t Fear The Dentist!)
Preparing For Surgery
First, the best way to prepare is to listen. Listen to what your doctor tells you. Chances are, he’s pulled a tooth or two in his day.
Your doctor will give you instructions for dental care, feeding and drinking pre-surgery. This is pretty important. Generally, doctors recommend no food or drinks for at least six hours before surgery, but sometimes more. This decreases the negative side effects of anesthesia and will most definitely ease any discomfort throughout the extraction.
Second, dress yourself comfortably. If you’re skeptical of wearing your pajamas anywhere other than your home, try to find some clothes that feel just as comfortable…but pajamas are usually a great choice. You want to be in loose, soft, breathable, and uncomplicated clothes. Your clothes should be easy to take on and off if necessary, and they should be something you want to sleep in.
Do these two things before your surgery, and you will be well on your way to a happy (and hopefully comfortable) recovery.
What To Expect
Pain- You will feel pain, but it is only temporary. Pain management can be made with different over the counter meds, or prescriptions meds. Talk to your doctor about what would be best for you. Another great remedy for pain is ice. You may consider purchasing a gel ice pack prior to the surgery for a softer touch on the face, but the old school ‘ice in a plastic bag’ trick works, too.
Bleeding- Bleeding will most likely occur for up to a day after the surgery. Spitting the blood out too much could cause the blood clot to leave the socket, making the healing process take longer. Instead, replace your gauze frequently.
Swelling/bruising/jaundice- Most patients experience swelling that lasts 2-3 days. Frequently, too, the swelling comes with bruising and/or jaundice on the face. Use ice to relieve the pain, and wait the discoloration out; it may take a little bit of time, but it will go away!
Post-Op Wisdom Teeth Removal in Birmingham
Eating and drinking- Most likely, your doctor will recommend a liquid diet for 24 hours, but that’s not all so bad. Blend up some ice cream, or make your favorite smoothie! Make the most out of your situation and indulge a little (just DON’T use a straw! Straws could mess up the blood clot.) After your 24 hour liquid diet, stay on soft foods for a few days. You can eat ice cream, mashed potatoes, jello, eggs, refried beans, and more- just be sure what you are eating compares in consistency.
Rest- You will want to rest for at least 24 hours after your surgery, but listen to your body. If you feel like you should stay resting for a little longer, do so. For at least a few days after you start to feel better, still avoid any strenuous activities. Be safe and stay healthy.
Cleaning- As much as you will want to have a fresher feeling in your mouth, please refrain from brushing, rinsing or flossing for 24 hours. After, resume brushing but stay gentle near the site of removal.
For The Parents
Remember, your teen will most likely be suffering the side effects of local anesthesia. Be sure to have your smartphone or camera fully charged and ready for action, you never know what kind of hilarity may ensue. Don’t miss out on your chance to become the next YouTube sensation!
Are you searching for a dentist to do your child’s wisdom teeth removal in Birmingham? We can help! Contact us today!