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How to Prepare and Recover from Wisdom Teeth Removal
Posted on 2/21/2022 by Malmquist Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Third molars, also known as wisdom teeth cause many problems, and that is the reason why many people get them extracted. Because the third set of your molars are situated at the farthest back area of the mouth, they tend to have inadequate space to erupt or develop properly. As a result, they may grow on an angle; sometimes even against your second molars, leading to overcrowding and damage to other teeth. If they are impacted, meaning they don't erupt, they could cause pain. If you want to have your wisdom teeth removed, you need to prepare adequately.
Things to Avoid
It's not just about wisdom teeth removal but any surgery that you should refrain from eating or drinking for at least 10 hours before the procedure. An OMS may use intravenous (IV) sedation before extracting the teeth. The sedation blocks your pain and relaxes you. Since it makes muscles relax, if there is food within the stomach after the surgery starts, it could come back up the throat. This may cause blockage or even go into the airways through a process known as aspiration.
Also, don't smoke or consume alcohol as these products can make the anesthesia to be less effective. Therefore avoid either of these things before the procedure and if you happen to drink, let the surgeon know.
Recovering from Wisdom Teeth Removal
It will take some time to recover from the surgery. During the healing period, do not brush or use mouthwash after the surgery until the next day. Also, don't eat hard foods as they can hurt the wound. Consider soft foods like applesauce, soups, and mashed potatoes. Avoid spitting as it can cause bleeding. Smoking and drinking alcohol can induce pain, and increase the risk of oral disease, infection, or dry socket. Request a consultation with us for your wisdom teeth removal.