What to Expect and How to Get Ready for Wisdom Teeth Removal

When planning to have wisdom teeth removed at a clinic such as Capital Oral & Facial Surgery Center, the patient naturally wonders what to expect and how to prepare. The patient’s family dentist and the oral surgeon provide instructions on how to get ready for the big day. They also can answer questions about concerns the person has.

Since this type of procedure is relatively common, patients often have friends or relatives who have already had one or more wisdom teeth removed. Usually the extraction only needs to be done by an oral surgeon if any of the teeth are impacted or growing in at a very crooked angle. The teeth then must be cut out of the gum tissue instead of pulled. Although this may sound alarming, the process usually goes smoothly and quickly. Patients are likely to be in recovery within 30 to 45 minutes.

Getting Prepared

Getting prepared mainly involves making sure there is soft food in the home and freeing up the person’s schedule for the day of surgery and probably the day after. Prescription painkillers may be necessary for the first 48 hours or so, which can make it difficult for the individual to be effective at work or at school. If general anesthesia or other sedation will be supplied, somebody must drive the patient home afterward.

Caring for the Healing Tissue

Instructions will be provided on how to care for the sore, healing mouth. The patient should avoid brushing in the areas where the teeth were removed. A plastic syringe may be provided for irrigating the gum tissue, but it usually should not be used for several days after the surgery.

The patient must treat the mouth gently so that the blood clots in the sockets stay in place. That means no suction activity like using straws or smoking, and no vigorous spitting of toothpaste or mouthwash. No tobacco products should be used for several days.

Usually, any stitches that are placed gradually dissolve and do not need removal at a dental clinic. As long as the mouth continues to progressively heal, a followup appointment typically is not required.