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Preparing for Surgery

Prior to Surgery

On the day of the procedure, we ask that you not eat or drink for 6 hours prior to your appointment. You may take your normal medications with a small amount of water. Our surgeons, along with our experienced staff, will perform the wisdom teeth removal under appropriate anesthesia to maximize your comfort. After Orthodontics doctors have the training, license, and experience to provide various types of anesthesia in the comfort of our state-of-the-art office. Please see a list of pre-operative instructions and our Post Operative Instructions to answer any further questions you may have.

After Surgery

24 hours after surgery, begin to gently rinse your mouth with a solution of 1 teaspoon of salt dissolved in a small glass of water. Repeat after every meal or snack for 7 days. Rinsing is important because it removes food particles and debris from the socket area. The salt helps prevent infection and promote healing. Resume your regular tooth brushing the night of surgery, but avoid disturbing the surgical site so as to not loosen or remove the blood clot, which could cause a dry socket. Brush your tongue with a toothbrush to keep bacterial growth down.
Maintain a balanced diet. Have your meals at the usual time. Eat soft, nutritious foods and drink plenty of liquids with meals and in between. Add solid foods to your diet as soon as they are comfortable to chew.
When the surgery is complete, it is normal to experience:

  • Swelling around the surgical area
  • Stiffness in your facial muscles
  • Difficulty opening your mouth
  • Slight earache
  • Temporary sore throat
  • Slight toothache
  • Dry or cracked lips
  • Slight increase in temperature
  • Bruising

Learn More about Wisdom Teeth Removal

To schedule a consultation and determine if wisdom teeth removal will benefit you, call today for a consultation!

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