5 things you should know about having your wisdom teeth removed

  • Don’t go solo

  Your surgeon may recommend sedation or other medication, all depending on how many teeth you are having removed or whether they are impacted.  Make sure you bring a parent or a responsible adult who can help you after your surgery as different people have various reactions to anesthesia and you may not be able to drive yourself home.

  • Heads up!

Swelling is a natural reaction after surgery.  It usually reaches its peak about 24 hours after the procedure and then starts to subside. In addition to placing a cold compact on the swollen area, you should keep your head raised. This will pull any fluids away from your head and keep the swelling under control.

  • Stock up on soft foods

  You should limit your food intake to soft things like yogurt and lukewarm soup. So be sure to prepare your cupboards and refrigerator with the right foods. This will help the healing process and prevent infection.

  • Get some rest

  You should avoid exercise during the first 24-hours after having your wisdom teeth removed.  This will help minimize bleeding and  help towards a faster recovery.  Prescribed medication for pain may also make you feel dizzy, so avoiding intense physical will prevent injuries.

  • Skip the tooth brushing for a day

  Rinsing of any kind should be avoided until the day following surgery. You can brush your teeth the night of surgery but rinse gently. The day after surgery you should begin rinsing at least 5-6 times a day especially after eating with a cup of warm water mixed with a teaspoon of salt.

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