When you sit down to have your wisdom teeth removed, your dentist will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. A general anesthetic may be used to put you to sleep and numb the whole body if multiple wisdom teeth are being removed at the same time. If this is the case, your dentist will recommend that you don’t eat or drink anything after midnight the night before to prepare yourself for the anesthetic. The procedure itself involves your dentist opening up the gums and removing any bone covering the tooth before removing the tooth itself. Once the tooth is removed stitches may be needed.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Recovery
Recovery lasts only a few days in most cases. Your dentist will most likely prescribe painkillers, and these tips can also help speed up recovery.
- Gently bite down on the gauze pad periodically, and don’t forget to change pads as they become bloody. Bleeding should subside within 24 hours of surgery.
- Do not lie flat, as this may prolong bleeding. Try to always have your head propped up by pillows.
- Eat soft foods. Add solid foods back slowly as you heal.
- Don’t use straws to drink for the first few days. The sucking motion can delay healing.