It seems like having wisdom teeth isn’t such a wise idea. Wisdom teeth are often impacted, or they come in sideways. Or they get infected, which means that having them removed can deliver several important benefits. Removal can help keep your bite aligned, and protect the health of your teeth, jaw, and gums, and more. If you are in Utah and preparing for wisdom tooth removal, it is important to know what steps to take to prepare.
Most of the time, a wisdom tooth extraction is an outpatient procedure. This means you get the surgery and go home the same day. Your oral surgeon or dental staff should give you instructions in advance for preparing for and recovering from the surgery, but here are a few things you will want to do:
First, be sure to make arrangements for someone to drive you home. Because it is a real surgery, it is not as simple as having a normal tooth pulled. Often wisdom teeth are impacted, meaning they are under the gum, and thus you may be required to undergo general anesthesia before the removal. If this is the case, it is best not to drive yourself. Arrange for someone to drive you home after the wisdom teeth are removed.
Don’t eat or drink for a few hours before the surgery. If you give yourself 6 to 8 hours before the surgery food and beverage free, you will reduce the likelihood of nausea or vomiting after the surgery.
Get lots of sleep before the surgery. It is a surgery, which means it will take a bit of a toll on your body. Being well rested and energized will help with a speedier recovery.
Brush your teeth, floss, and rinse mouth before your surgery. Your mouth is going to hurt after the surgery, so do what you can to clean your teeth and gums well before going in. This will make for a more sterile environment and help you feel better after.
Know how you are going to pay for the removal, and if your insurance covers the cost. Most likely your dentist or endodontist will cover this with you before hand, but don’t forget. Take your card, cash, or check book, or make sure you know what your insurance covers so that there are no financial surprises the day of the surgery.
Have the proper foods and fluids at home for recovering from wisdom tooth removal. There are going to be some restrictions, and chances are you won’t want to be running to the grocery store after surgery, so take the time to have what you need on hand before you go in.
Have your prescription filled for pain management. Your oral surgeon or dentist should prescribe the appropriate medicine to help you manage the pain after the surgery. Just like going grocery shopping, chances are you won’t want to run errands post-surgery, so get the prescription filled before you go, or make arrangements for someone to pick it up for you after surgery.
There is always the chance that you will have some concerns or complications after the procedure. Know who to call if there is excessive bleeding, swelling or bruising. Program it into your phone, or leave it where you can easily see it or find it in case you are in severe pain, loopy from pain killers, etc. The chances are low that there will be a complication, but it is best to know what to look for, how to avoid it, and who to call if the worst happens.
Make sure you do not have any major tasks or responsibilities for a couple of days after surgery. The best way to recover is to take it easy so your body can heal. Take a day off work, and don’t plan anything strenuous or stressful.
Having wisdom teeth removed can be a daunting proposition, but effective preparation will be beneficial. Follow these simple steps to help you relax and focus on getting it done and getting better.