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Posted on 6/10/2019 by Dr. Michael Allard
|When you are preparing to have your wisdom teeth pulled, there are a few things you need to know about beforehand. Knowing what to expect, and how to plan for recovery, can help shorten the recovery process.
Prepare Your Refrigerator
While having your wisdom teeth removed is a relatively minor procedure, your gum tissue will be tender and sore for a number of days afterward. You'll want to have your refrigerator and pantry stocked with foods that are soft and require little or no chewing. Soups, yogurt, and similar foods are the ideal texture. For a treat, you can eat jello or pudding. By avoiding hard foods, you'll keep from re-injuring the healing gum tissue.
Bring a Friend to the Dentist's OfficeAfter your wisdom teeth come out, you are not going to be in any shape to drive. While we do our best to keep the surgery as minimally invasive and pain-free as possible, the anesthetics will make it unsafe for you to operate a vehicle for a bit. Rather than calling for an uber, it's better to just have a friend in the waiting room who can give you a lift home.
Just This Once, Skip the Toothbrush RoutineWhile we always encourage our patients to brush and floss regularly, an exception to this is the day your wisdom teeth come out. The sutures in your mouth will be very fragile and brushing or flossing could cause an injury. So, just this one time, you have our permission to skip the oral hygiene routine for the day. The next day, though, your gum tissue will be recovered somewhat, so it's good to start up with the routine brushing and flossing again.
If you have any questions about what to expect, give us a call. We are here to help you!