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Preparation Tips for Wisdom Teeth Removal

24th September 2018

 

Scheduling an appointment for wisdom teeth removal can be daunting, but with careful planning and preparation, you can manage your expectations and reduce recovery time. Read on to discover how to prepare for the wisdom teeth removal process.

 

Create a Support System

Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure, but that doesn’t mean you should go it alone. Even if you think you don’t require moral support, you will need someone by your side post surgery to help you get home. The procedure requires you to be heavily medicated and as a result, you will not be able to drive a vehicle. You will most likely feel groggy due to the local anaesthetic and so it is necessary to have a friend or family member with you to help you return home safely. Be sure to arrange transport for your return home.

 

Plan Your Recovery

Like any form of dental surgery, learning about the procedure and the aftercare process will ensure that you can do everything in your power to achieve a timely recovery. Schedule some downtime after your operation and understand that you might not feel 100% as the anaesthetic wears off following wisdom teeth removal process. Small tips like knowing to keep your head raised will help to reduce any swelling that you might have. It is important not to undertake any strenuous activity in the days after the removal procedure.

 

Fill Your Fridge with Soothing Food and Drinks

The wisdom teeth removal process involves stitches so hard foods should be avoided. The day before the procedure, stock your fridge with soft foods that won’t aggravate the areas where the teeth were removed. Soups are the perfect way to provide your body with the goodness and nutrition it needs during the recovery process without risk of doing damage to your stitches. Your mouth will be tender for a few days after the procedure so be sure to let any food you do consume cool sufficiently before you consume it. Cooling foods and liquids such as yoghurt and coconut water are also ideal.

 

Post Surgery Hygiene

When speaking to your dentist about the procedure beforehand, seek advice about post-surgery hygiene. It is normal, especially after a procedure such as this that you will want your mouth to feel clean, but at the same time, you do not want to do any damage to the areas that are healing and prolong the recovery process. It is wise to avoid brushing your teeth at all for the first day after the surgery and resist the urge to rinse the area during the first day.

 

Asking your dentist any questions that you have prior to the procedure can help to ease any worries or concerns that you have before the day. Knowing everything that you can about the procedure itself and having realistic expectations when it comes to recovery will ensure you have total peace of mind.

 

Nervous? Ask for IV Sedation

If you have a fear of Dentists Intravenous (IV) Sedation could be the answer. It is a relaxing sedative which will help you feel at ease during any dental procedure.  You are still given a local anaesthetic which will work alongside the sedation to ensure you are totally relaxed and don’t feel a thing.  

 

Use these tops tips to prepare for wisdom teeth removal and if you have any further questions our experts at Green Square Dental would be happy to help. Feel free to get in touch by phone 01709 917 666 or our website contact form.  Watch out for our

 

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