Have you had Your Wisdom Teeth Removed Yet?

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Sergio writes: “I recently had my wisdom teeth removed, and wanted to share my tips on how to deal with the operation with the community. So without further adieu, here are my Top 5 Tips for dealing with Wisdom Teeth Removal.”

  • Generally speaking, the younger one is, the easier getting the procedure done will be. This doesn’t mean get it done before your baby teeth are all gone. If your dentist suggests that they should be removed, it is best to get them done at the earliest opportunity. My oral surgeon showed me my teeth when he was done, and said that the way my roots were shaped, the process would have been very difficult if I had waited until I was older to have the teeth removed.
  • When the procedure is over, your first priority is to create a clot. Your gums will be bleeding, and the oral surgeon or his/her assistant will have put gauze in the back of your mouth. It is important to clench your jaw down on the gauze, as the pressure will expedite the clotting process. You should change the gauze when you get home, and repeat the process. When removing the gauze, be sure to do so gently, so as not to remove any clotted blood from the area. This part of the process was by far the most uncomfortable for me. I had a great deal of trouble getting my gums to clot and stop bleeding. After my third round of gauze, I was still bleeding. I used moist teabags wrapped in gauze, and after about 20 minutes of clenching my jaw, the bleeding had finally stopped.
  • Eat before taking painkillers! It is very important to have a full stomach before taking painkillers, especially the strong ones you will more than likely be prescribed. Although you will be very limited as far as your diet is concerned, you must eat something. Pudding, Jello, and yogurt are good if you are really sore. You may even be able to swallow pancakes and french fries if you eat them slowly and in small pieces. Either way, be sure to eat before taking your painkillers, as this will help prevent you from getting a stomachache, feeling nauseous, or otherwise reacting negatively toward the drugs.
  • Ice like it’s your job! Ice both sides of your face on your lower and upper jaw at 20 minute intervals. Be sure to have 4 small ice packs, 2 for each side of your face. Ice for twenty minutes with 2 of the packs, the have all 4 packs n the freezer for another 20 minutes, then ice with the /other/ 2 packs for twenty minutes, then 20 minutes with both in the freezer, and so on. This ensures that every ice pack will have a full hour to freeze in between uses. Set an alarm to go off at 20 minute intervals, as it is very easy to lose track of time. As annoying as it may be, icing the first day is very important, as it prevents your cheeks from swelling to ridiculous sizes. Editor’s Note: An excellent ice pack is to take a washrag and wet it. Ring it out, and place in freezer. These are perfect for facial swelling, as the washrag will mold to the side of your face/cheek perfectly!
  • Most importantly, LISTEN TO YOUR ORAL SURGEON! Sorry to shout, but this is incredibly important. His/her advice trumps all of these tips. He or she will have much more experience than I do in these matters. For instance, he may have you icing at different intervals, or forming a clot differently, etc. It is very important that you follow all of the advice and directions given by your oral surgeon exactly. Failure to do so could result in taking longer to heal, or worse. Ask your oral surgeon for a list of instructions, and bring a legal pad and pen to the surgery. That way, you can write down the instructions if he has no documentation to give you. Most oral surgeons will, however, give you a list of written instructions.

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