Preparing for Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Although having your wisdom teeth removed is a rite of passage at this point, it still involves a significant surgery. Patients who prepare adequately for the procedure are setting the stage for good outcomes and a reduced risk of complications.

During the initial consultation with the oral surgeon, be sure to ask questions about what steps you can take to make the surgery go smoothly.

Nearly all patients who have their wisdom teeth removed will have some form of sedation, which will compromise your ability to drive safely. Therefore, you should plan to have a responsible adult accompany you to the appointment and take you home afterward. [pullquote]Wisdom tooth extraction offers patients a number of oral health benefits.[/pullquote]

Patients who choose sedation or general anesthesia will also need to fast before having their wisdom teeth removed. Check with your oral surgeon to see what time you’ll need to stop eating and drinking.

Your oral surgeon may give you prescriptions for painkillers and antibiotics to prevent infection. If so, you may want to fill these before the day of your surgery so that they’ll be handy when you get back home.

Speaking of medications, if you regularly take any prescription or over-the-counter drugs, check with the oral surgeon to see if you need to change any of them prior to extraction. For example, people on blood thinners may need to adjust their dosage immediately prior to the extraction.

Preparing for the procedure also involves a plan for the first few days after the surgery so that you can heal as expected. It’s best to eat softer foods, at least for the first 24 hours after surgery. Avoid smoking and drinking through straws, both of which can lead to dry sockets, until the clots are fully formed.

You should also be familiar with the signs of ordinary healing (such as minor bleeding in the first day post-surgery) in comparison with symptoms that indicate a serious problem.

Wisdom tooth extraction offers patients a number of oral health benefits. To be sure that your procedure is uneventful, work with our experienced team at Wisdom Teeth Specialists of Utah, serving Salt Lake City, to develop a good plan before the big day. Call 801-943-8703 for more information.