If you are between the ages of 17 and 25, you have probably noticed signs your wisdom teeth are coming in. Like a rite of passage, extracting these third molars go right in line with your first steps into adulthood. At 7 O’Clock Dental, we’ll perform this procedure as soon as we notice the signs. Wisdom teeth can often lead to problems with your oral health down the road.
Today, we wanted to discuss how to prepare for your wisdom teeth removal. We want you to have as comfortable and easy an experience as possible.
Signs Wisdom Teeth Are Coming in
First, let’s discuss the signs that you are getting your wisdom teeth. You may notice:
- Pain in your jaw
- Strange or metallic taste in your mouth
- Difficulty opening your mouth wide
- Red, inflamed, or swollen gum tissue behind your back molars
If these symptoms sound familiar, you’ll want to come in for a checkup. We’ll examine your mouth to determine if you need to remove your third moles.
Preparing for Your Wisdom Teeth Removal
While getting your wisdom teeth removed is a common procedure at our office, it’s still oral surgery. That means we take it seriously and want to ensure your safety throughout your entire appointment. Here are a few ways you can prepare:
- Purchase soft foods in advance. You’ll need to stick to a soft foods diet for several weeks after the surgery. So, make sure to meal plan in advance to reduce your stress.
- Arrange for a ride home. If you opt for oral sedation, you will need to get a ride home. Because of its lasting effects, it won’t be safe for you to drive.
- Avoid eating at least 6 or more hours ahead of time. If you choose oral sedation, we generally advise patients to not eat at least 6 hours before your appointment. Otherwise, you risk experiencing nausea.
- Wear comfortable clothes and no jewelry. Make sure you wear clothes that are loose-fitting and not too tight. Also, avoid wearing jewelry, like earrings or necklaces.
- Share any questions or concerns ahead of time. We want you to feel confident about your procedure every step of the way. Make sure you ask questions or review concerns before we begin.
If you have any specific questions about how to prepare for your wisdom teeth removal, give us a call at 504-266-0664. Or to schedule an appointment in New Orleans, LA, call 7 O’Clock Dental at 504-266-0664 or schedule online.