Originally Answered: How long does it take for wisdom teeth to heal?
you will be fine for your exam. it usually takes a week or so to heal up. . . good luck.
getting sedated is a great way to get them out, you won't remember a thing! I recommend taking an ibuprofen before you get sedated this will help with swelling later. just use only enough water to swallow the pills b/c you are not to have anything to eat or drink after midnight the night before.
go to the grocery and stock up on soft cool food, mashed potatoes, soups, ice cream, yogurt, apple sauce, grits, eggs, (slim fast or ensure if you feel you can't eat!!) pudding, etc...think easy to swallow and soft!
wear comfortable clothing because you will still be really groggy after the surgery. I went home and went back to sleep. I woke up and had some soup and a pain pill and went back to sleep again!!! but everyone is different.
after they are removed, you will be numb for quite sometime. ONLY eat soft cool food while you are numb. (ice cream, apple sauce, mashed potatoes, milkshake (WITH A SPOON do not suck through a straw), yogurt, etc. things like that. after the numbness wears off you will be able to eat warm foods again...just nothing hard or crunchy.
you will be given pain pills and i would taken them with an ibuprofen to reduce swelling, pain pills ONLY work on pain, not swelling. you will use ice pack 15 minutes on each side for the 1st day, after that you can use heat packs if you feel you need it. NO swishing or spitting, or smoking the first 24 hours!!!! this will cause a dry socket.
They will be sore!!!!!! make sure to do warm salt water rinses as this helps it to heal faster and keeps it clean. Please be sure to eat even if you do not feel like it, taking pain pills on an empty stomach will cause you to throw up. you should be able to eat whatever you can tolerate the day or so after. it really depends on you, some people can't eat a burger the next day, others can. if you are still really sore stick to soft foods.....in a few days you will be able to eat whatever you want. just please stay away from hard, crunchy things. they will go over all the instructions with you at the DRs office.
good luck and rent some movies, lay in bed and relax.
Top 10 reasons to remove wisdom teeth:
10. Because there is limited space for wisdom teeth to erupt and because the surrounding gums are difficult to keep clean. Infection and inflammation are therefore common even when there are no apparent symptoms.
9. Even when wisdom teeth erupt through the gum tissues, they rarely provide any meaningful function and are always difficult to keep clean.
8. Wisdom teeth have high risk of getting cavities on them because they are very hard to clean while brushing and flossing.
7. In some cases, impacted wisdom teeth develop cysts, and rarely tumours. Removal of such lesions may require extensive procedures to repair and restore jaw function and appearance.
6. With age, the chance for complications related to the removal of wisdom teeth increases.
5. Gum disease and inflammation associated with wisdom teeth may lead to receding gum tissues, deterioration of the jawbone and tooth loss.
4. Wisdom teeth may contribute to crowding of nearby teeth.
3. Even wisdom teeth that seem to be problem-free remain a breeding ground for oral infection and inflammation. Research supports the concept that such inflammation may enter the bloodstream and contribute to the development and/or progression of a variety of diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and stroke.
2. Once it has been determined that a wisdom tooth will not successfully erupt into your mouth and be maintained in a healthy state, early extraction of wisdom teeth is associated with faster and easier recovery.
1. The number one reason for removing wisdom teeth: Peace of mind!
Source: American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.