Wisdom teeth removal is a procedure that most teenagers and adults have to go through at some point in their lives. Because of this, dentists perform wisdom teeth removal on a regular basis. However, this doesn't mean that you have any idea what to expect or how things work. Thankfully, there are some things that you can keep in mind that help you to feel confident before and after the procedure. Here are two things to remember when getting your wisdom teeth removed.
You Will Likely Be Put Under For The Procedure
While some dentists keep you awake and simply numb your mouth, most of them will put you under using local anesthesia, general anesthesia, or IV sedation. The good thing about this is that you won't remember anything about the procedure and you also won't feel any pain during the procedure. They will also numb your mouth when you are sedated, thus making it so that you won't wake up in pain. Knowing this can comfort you because you know what to expect in terms of being sedated and you don't have to worry about waking up in a great deal of pain. If you are still feeling unsure, you can ask your dentist about what method he will use and exactly how the process works.
Take It Easy On Your Mouth Afterwards
After the dental treatment, it is very important that you take good care of your mouth. It will be very tender and sore due to the stitches in your mouth. It is important that you place gauze over these stitched areas because it is normal for them to bleed. Also, avoid using the back of your mouth when eating. A great way to do this is to stay on a liquid diet for a few days following the procedure. Drink things like smoothies, liquid soups, protein shakes, yogurt, etc. This ensures that you get the nutrients your body needs without causing unnecessary pain to your mouth. You can also provide relief to your mouth by using ice packs, pain medications, and anything else your dentist may prescribe to you.
You can feel more confident about going to the dentist for your wisdom teeth removal by knowing that you will likely be put under for the duration of the procedure and also by realizing how important it is to take it easy on your mouth after the procedure.