Do you need your wisdom teeth removed? If so, more than likely, your dentist has referred you to an oral surgeon for a consultation. Removing wisdom teeth is a surgical procedure. Fortunately, modern techniques are used to reduce invasiveness and medication helps ease discomfort during and after one’s treatment.
Having your wisdom teeth removed is beneficial to your oral health as it can reduce the risks for developing conditions such as abscesses and periodontal disease. If you have an upcoming extraction, there are some things to consider before your procedure. We recommend that patients having their wisdom teeth removed run errands prior to their procedure, stock up on recommended food items, and arrange for transportation to and from their appointments.
We recommend running all necessary errands prior to your appointment. This is because you will need to rest after your procedure. If you need to go shopping, pay bills, pick up dry cleaning, etc., it is best to do everything you can ahead of time so that you can focus on a comfortable recovery.
Buy Recommended Food Items
After any oral surgery – especially wisdom teeth removal – patients are instructed to consume liquids and soft foods the first few days after treatment. Food with hard or sharp edges can irritate empty tooth sockets. Moreover, post-operative swelling and discomfort can make eating hard foods difficult. Common recommended items you might want to stock up on are broth, pureed soup, smoothies, and yogurt.
Arrange for Transportation
When you undergo wisdom tooth removal, your oral surgeon will administer sedating and pain relieving medication to ensure that you are comfortable and relaxed. These medications will affect your ability to drive. We recommend arranging for transportation to and from your appointment at least a week before your procedure so that your family member or close friend can adjust his or her schedule to help you.
Call Northern Texas Facial & Oral Surgery for more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our oral surgeons.