- Planning and preparing for your wisdom teeth removal plays an important role in being anxious free and more comfortable about the whole process. The following steps acts as great guide in helping you prepare for the wisdom teeth extraction.
- Have a set of questions ready for your Dentist/Specialist:
Do not hesitate to ask your doctor questions. It is important that you understand the whole process to be stress-free. We recommend you asking the following questions:
- What time we will need to arrive for the wisdom teeth surgery?
- Any documentation that can be filled out in advance?
- How long will the surgery take?
- What kind anaesthesia will be used?
- Do I have to fast before the surgery?
- How long will the recovery process take?
- Do I need a prescription or can buy over the counter medicines?
As you learn and familiarize yourself with the procedure, you realise that there is nothing to be apprehensive about.
- Take time off work:
You will experience some discomfort or pain after the removal of the wisdom teeth. The anaesthesia will take few hours to wear off and it is advised to take at least 2 days off work to get some rest and initiate proper healing. It will take 1-2 weeks for the mouth to completely heal and the time frame may vary between people, few people may even take longer to heal. You can return to work within the same week but must restrain from strenuous activities.
- Arrangement for a ride:
Anaesthesia/sedation can make you feel tired and unsteady and it is highly unsafe to return home all by yourself after the wisdom tooth surgery. It is always advisable to have a family member or a friend along with you to take you back home after the surgery.
- Buy Medication:
If your dentist decides to give you prescription medicines for your recovery, ask them to write the prescription in advance so you can buy the medicines prior to the surgery rather than having to head to the chemist after the surgery causing more stress and strain. It is advisable to also buy over the counter pain killer medicines, just in case the pain is not severe and the prescription medicines are no longer required to be continued.
- Stock up on soft foods:
Stocking up on soft foods and recovery items is very important when it comes to preparing for wisdom teeth removal. Your mouth is very sore after the surgery and the doctors would highly recommend to have only soft and cold foods for the initial 2 days after the surgery. Foods like ice cream, soups, juices, yogurt, smashed rice, porridge, oats etc are best to have during that time. As you recover, harder food items can be added to your diet, however, it is advisable to not have very hard foods for few weeks after wisdom teeth surgery.