Wisdom tooth extraction surgery
First and foremost, one opting for wisdom tooth extraction won’t be able to eat or drink within approximately six hours (or as directed by your dentist or surgeon) before the procedure. Your dentist will likely give you laughing gas to relax and knock out during the procedure.
You won’t feel pain during the surgery. However, you will feel loopy and tired once you wake up if given laughing gas and will begin to feel pain within hours. Taking pain medication before the pain comes back will be helpful.
The entire procedure should take approximately an hour from start to finish, but the surgery will go by quickly if you opt for laughing gas. Be sure to have someone take you and pick you up afterwards as you will be in no condition to drive home and shouldn’t drive for at least 24 hours afterwards. Most of all, don’t worry about the procedure! It will be over in no time.
How painful is extraction?
As mentioned, if you opt for laughing gas, you won’t feel pain during the procedure itself. Once it wears off, your mouth will feel sore, sensitive, and tender.
Some say removal wasn’t as painful as they expected once the laughing gas wears off, but others say the pain is worse than they imagined it would be. It all depends on one’s personal level of pain tolerance and whether or not they take the time to rest and be careful with the recovering area of their mouth. Keep in mind, though, that extraction is much better than dealing with a lifetime of pain and trouble eating.
Recovery is typically only three or four days, sometimes up to a week depending on your speediness to recover, how well you rest, and how you care for your mouth post-surgery. Recovery can and will be quicker for those who thoroughly follow their surgeon’s guidelines post-surgery.
Tips for post-surgery recovery:
In addition to your surgeon’s set of recovery tips, some advice for post-surgery of wisdom teeth is soon to follow.
- Don’t drink through a straw while recovering. This could cause a dry socket and damage the healing process.
- Don’t smoke for at least two hours after the procedure.
- Opt for soft foods and liquid-y foods or meal replacements. You’ll want to especially be careful not to eat anything too crunchy or hard. This could be painful and even harmful to the healing area where your third molars were removed.
- Don’t participate in anything strenuous, such as exercising or playing sports, for at least 24 hours if not longer. Your body needs time to rest in order to heal.
- Be sure to get plenty of sleep before and after the procedure. Your body will appreciate more sleep as your body heals itself quicker and better when you’re well-rested.
- Ice down the area to numb the pain and reduce swelling caused from the procedure.
- Resort to pain relievers or even prescribed pain medications to deal with the pain post-surgery.
- Contact your dentist or surgeon if you notice any unusual or unbearing symptoms such as swelling that refuses to go down, fever, or infection.