Wisdom teeth surgery is often downplayed as a minor procedure. However, Wisdom tooth removal can put a great deal of strain on you. It can involve hard tugging, numerous injections and even cutting in the worst cases. Skilled Uptown Charlotte dentists can take steps to minimize the amount of pain you feel, however. The following are some things that you can do to prepare for the extraction, get through it and decrease your recovery time.
Have a Huge, Fattening Dinner
One way you can prepare for wisdom teeth surgery is by having a huge pre-midnight dinner the night before. You will not be able to eat full meals for some time after your surgery is complete. Therefore, you will want to ensure that you take in a meal that has plenty of good fat and protein so that your body can tap into the reserves when you get hungry. You should also make sure that you take a multivitamin so that you can ward off infections and build strength in your teeth.
Clean Your Mouth Well
Clean your mouth well before you go in for the wisdom tooth removal. A good rule-of-thumb practice is to brush twice, floss and then use hydrogen peroxide to rinse your mouth. This helps you to prevent infection. Also, you should apply lip balm or Vaseline to your mouth before you go in for surgery. The dentist is going to hold your mouth open very wide. The Vaseline can help you prevent crackling and chapping.
Bring a Support Person
Bring someone with you who can drive you home and support you emotionally before and after your surgery. Your partner could be a family member or friend.
Find Your Happy Place
Think of a situation, person or expression that makes you happy and puts you in a positive mood. Focus on it when your are sitting in the dentist’s chair, and it will help you get through the procedure.
Tell the Dentist of Your Worries
Let the dentist know of any worries that you have about procedures, risks, concerns and the like. A reputable dentist will not hesitate to discuss such things with you.
Call our office if you are ready to tackle that pesky wisdom tooth. You can contact us by telephone or short online form. Someone will schedule a meeting for you to assess the problem that you are facing with your wisdom tooth.