How to Prepare for Wisdom Teeth Removal

When left alone, wisdom teeth can cause discomfort and dental problems. Fortunately, wisdom teeth removal has become a routine procedure that prevents future issues. Having your wisdom teeth out is a low-risk procedure, but we have some tips to help you prepare to recover and return to your daily life. 

What are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are your last set of molars. Unlike your other teeth, they do not emerge until you are about 17 years old. Many people do not have enough room or have other teeth in the way, causing wisdom teeth to emerge at the wrong angle. They can also become impacted, meaning they are stuck and cannot emerge at all. You do not need your wisdom teeth, so if they look like they might cause a problem, Dr. Sonneveld will usually recommend removal. 

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How to Prepare for Wisdom Teeth Removal

Dr. Sonneveld will provide you with detailed preparation instructions before your procedure. In general, we recommend following these tips

  • Schedule the needed time off from work, school, and activities
  • Stock up on foods you can eat after the procedure
  • Brush your teeth on the morning of your appointment
  • Avoid eating or drinking if Dr. Sonneveld tells you to
  • Make sure you have reliable transportation
  • Avoid smoking or drinking alcohol

You may want to wear comfortable clothes, especially a shirt you can remove without pressure on your face later.

What is it Like Having Wisdom Teeth Removed?

You will receive either nitrous oxide gas or IV sedation to keep you comfortable doing the procedure. The details depend on the position of your wisdom teeth and other teeth. Dr. Sonneveld may remove a piece of bone to remove impacted wisdom teeth from your jawbone. He will remove all parts of the tooth, including the root, and close the area with sutures if needed. You will not experience discomfort and usually remember almost nothing from the procedure. Wisdom teeth removal is a minor procedure with a very low risk of problems. 

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What Should I Do After Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Immediately after surgery, you will have sterile gauze placed over the area for you to bite down on. This pressure will encourage the development of a blood clot, which is vital to normal healing. 

Do not use your usual mouthwash, and avoid brushing directly over the area until instructed. Limit your diet to liquids and soft foods for the first several days. Many people can return to their usual activities within a few days. However, Dr. Sonneveld will instruct you based on the procedure’s intensity.  

Am I a Good Candidate for Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Wisdom teeth removal has become a common procedure. Many adults avoid years of discomfort thanks to the prompt removal of their wisdom teeth before they can become a problem. You may be a good candidate if an oral surgeon has determined your wisdom teeth are likely to cause problems. Wisdom teeth removal can be performed on almost anyone whose wisdom teeth appear to be developing into a potential source of discomfort and dental issues. 

Dr. Sonneveld and his staff provide excellent care and service. If you have any apprehension at all, this is the practice to come to. They are extremely patient, loving and kind, and explain everything to you if they have to. I love them.
Helen J.

Take the Next Step 

If you have further questions about wisdom teeth removal, we encourage you to schedule a consultation at Faces Fort Worth. Call us at (817) 927-1818 or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to taking care of you.

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