From healing a serious infection or repairing a broken tooth to treating the discomfort of impacted wisdom teeth, the benefits of oral surgery for removing one or more teeth are easy to see. Unfortunately, improper planning before your tooth extraction may lead to a longer period of recovery and further dental concerns. Using this guide to prepare for your extraction, you will have a stress-free surgery and easy recovery time.
Plan your Departure
If a dentist is removing multiple teeth, you will be under a local or general anesthesia during your extraction surgery. This sedation is necessary for numbing your gums for a safe, efficient extraction, but it can cause a few dangerous side effects. Dizziness, nausea, and disorientation are common after oral surgery, so you will not be able to drive after the procedure.
Ask a family member or friend for transportation to and from your surgery to reduce the risk of sickness or accidents.
Plan your Meals
You will most likely experience light swelling and discomfort in your mouth after the extraction. While this discomfort may decrease your appetite, you will still need to eat and drink for proper healing.
Of course, eating harder foods that require a great deal of chewing will be difficult. In addition, if your extraction included a same day tooth replacement, you should protect your new teeth by eating softer foods.
Stock your fridge and pantry with safe, nutritious food so you have meals ready after your oral surgery. Soup and yogurt are great options for the first few days after your extraction. Do not bite down on apples or other hard foods, such as pretzels and popcorn, for the first few weeks after your surgery. Also, avoid drinking from a straw. Sucking on a straw may loosen the blood clot over the extraction site, resulting in a painful dry socket and possible infection.
Plan your Recovery
You will experience light swelling and discomfort in your mouth and jaw for the first two weeks after your extraction, but this should decrease each day after your surgery.
Allow yourself 48 hours of complete rest after your oral surgery. Avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activity during the first week of recovery, as well.
You may not associate planning and recovery with oral surgeries, but taking this time to prepare is imperative for proper healing after your extraction. Since each patient is different, you should consult your dentist and our oral surgeons for detailed instructions.
Make an appointment with our team and get all your questions answered.