8 Words Of Wisdom Before Saying Bye To Your Wisdom Teeth
Health and Wellness

8 Words Of Wisdom Before Saying Bye To Your Wisdom Teeth

Make sure to be fully prepared before having your wisdom teeth removed!

8 Words Of Wisdom Before Saying Bye To Your Wisdom Teeth

If there is something almost all of us have in common it's definitely getting our wisdom teeth removed. These third set of molars usually begin to erupt during our late teens or early 20s.

For some of us, it may seem like a nightmare to have them removed. However, it's a matter of being prepared, taking proper care, and being brave!

I think this is one of those things that you’ll never know how it truly is until you go through it, but it's always helpful to stay informed and have an idea of what to expect! If you are getting yours removed here are eight helpful things to keep in mind!

1. Be Informed

If your wisdom teeth are starting to come out or if you’re experiencing pain because they are impacted, the first thing you should do is to pay a visit to your dentist. It’s important to know if you really have to have them removed or not. Every case is different so you must confirm with your dentist first. I went to three different dentists to make sure I needed them removed. Believe me, you want to be confident in the decision of taking them out.

2. Who Will Extract Them

Your next concern should be trusting the surgeon who will actually perform the extraction. I was lucky to have a great surgeon who took care of me every step of the procedure. He would reply to all of the questions I had and explained everything thoroughly. During the day of the extraction, I was extremely nervous, but the staff was incredibly patient with me, especially the surgeon, so at the end, it was a successful surgery.

3. Prepare For it

Your surgeon will give you instructions on what to do before the extraction. Whether it’s local anesthesia, conscious sedation or general anesthesia, you must follow all of the instructions given. Verify everything with your surgeon--you might have to go in with an empty stomach or without nail polish. If you are nervous the day before, you might want to watch a movie with friends or family or go for a walk in the park so you can relax.

4. Bring Someone With You And Don't Make Plans The Day Of

You will be advised to bring someone with you if you are undergoing surgery. This person will be responsible to drive you back and film you on video if you say nonsense after you come out from the extraction! I’m not going to lie, the first day is the hardest. I couldn’t eat, I was bleeding and I looked like a chipmunk because of my swollen face! Make sure you don’t have any major events for the day in case you don’t feel up to your fullest self.

5. Take Time Off If Needed

Although the first day may be the hardest, you may not feel well for the next few days. Your face may still be swollen (which is a natural reaction to surgery), and you might not be able to eat still. Try to not make plans for the first few days of the extraction or take some days off of work if you need it. If you are in school, having them removed during winter break or summer vacation is always a great option. Take the time you need to recover, and always consult your dentist if you have any questions.

6. Plan Your Diet For The Next Few Days

You may find it challenging to eat afterward. Stick to a soft diet for the first few days. This is the perfect time to pamper yourself with some ice-cream! Scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, applesauce and soups are other options as well. Stay away from anything crunchy, small seeds or hard foods to chew. You don’t want to mess up the healing process. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.

7. Hygiene Is A Priority

Your surgeon will also give you instructions on how to wash your mouth properly after the extractions. It’s important to keep your mouth clean to avoid any possible infections. Be very careful since your gums are still healing from the extractions. A helpful tip is to rinse with salt water. I urge you to follow your surgeon’s instructions to clean your mouth correctly.

8. Embrace The Process

You only get your wisdom teeth removed once, or a couple of times if you don’t get them out all at the same time. Take advantage of this time, and take care of yourself. Watch plenty of movies or read to relax while you recover. Spend time at home with your family and enjoy eating ice cream! Remember, you are not the only one who has gone through it, so don’t be afraid to ask for support. The worst symptoms will only last for the first few days, and before you know it, you will be fully recovered!

These are only a few recommendations. I can’t emphasize enough to always go to your dentist or oral surgeon with all questions. They are the experts and will provide you with the information that you will need. Make sure you follow what they indicate you to do, and take any medicine you are given. If you are having your wisdom teeth removed I wish you good luck and a soon recovery!

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

-Having struggled with acne prone skin for years, I was cautious to try a new serum on top of the other products I've come to trust.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Your Social Activism May Actually Benefit From A Cleansing Social Media Detox

In the craziest year of our lives, sometimes there's value in taking a break.

We are living through, unequivocally, one of the most dangerous, unstable, chaotic periods of any of our lives. From COVID-19 to crises of police brutality to the mass exploitation of the poor by mega-corporations, the world outside seems to be looking more dystopic every day. What can be done about it? For many, activism involves heavily posting on social media to keep others aware. However, this comes with a net negative cost — increased levels of anxiety, depression, and hopelessness about the state of the world. Why might this be? After all, in past eras activists have endured comparable and greater levels of abuse and relentless torment from oppressors. Why, now, are people getting so easily burnt out?

Keep Reading... Show less

Reading is a relaxing activity that provides many benefits. Everybody reads books (when they are not watching Netflix, chatting on social media, or making Tik Tok videos) to distract themselves from reality for a while. Many do not realize the positive impact that books have like reducing stress, assisting with sleep, improving cognitively, and strengthening the mind. In honor of National Book Day, there are many great novels that you can read to mark this special holiday. Here are the best ones to check out.

Keep Reading... Show less

5 Things You Need To Know Before You Watch 'Arrested Development' On Netflix

"Her?" Yes, she's an amazing show! (You'll get this joke after you watch the show).


"Arrested Development" is an award-winning sitcom that aired for three seasons on Fox beginning in 2003, and then was picked up by Netflix for a fourth season in 2013, and then again for a final season in 2018.

However, it seems to remain one of the world's most underrated and under-appreciated shows of all time. Although this article alone won't be enough to skyrocket the show to Netflix's top 10, I hope that it will open people's eyes to the value and quality of the show.

Keep Reading... Show less

I have always felt left out because of how I look and who I am. I have always felt like the elephant in the room, literally. I have always been shamed for my size. For the longest time, I cared so much about what I wear and who I wore certain things in front of. I never wanted to wear shirts that would show a lot of my arm, located above my elbow. I wouldn't wear shorts that didn't go to the tip of my knees, at least. I never wore anything remotely tight, where you could see every curve, roll, or imperfection. I was so insecure about myself, and not many of my friends knew.

Keep Reading... Show less

Being a pharmacy technician never held as many risks as it does now. Exposure too hazardous conditions were little to none, and garbing up was only conducted in IV compounding. But, now, in order to give nurses the medications they need to help their patients, they need us, pharmacy technicians.

Keep Reading... Show less

I Asked My Boyfriend His Opinion On Liking Other Girls’ Pictures, And, Spoiler Alert, It's Cheating

"When you get into a relationship and you're in love, you have to realize that liking photos is for the single lifestyle."

Ladies, listen up. If you are in a relationship with a guy and he is liking other girls' pictures on social media, then it's a red flag. A man who can look at someone else and show interest by liking it means he doesn't care about your feelings AT ALL.

Keep Reading... Show less

Celebrities Stealing Designs From Small Fashion Labels Is NOT A Good Look, And They Need To Pay Up

When larger, more established figures or brands steal from lesser-known independent creators, they are taking opportunities away from these creators while also profiting from someone else's work and claiming it as their own.

Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B recently collaborated on their new single "WAP," with the music video also being released on Friday. Both Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B posted photos of themselves on Instagram to celebrate the premiere of "WAP." An independent designer quickly noticed that the rappers' matching tops were copies of a top she had designed last year.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

When You Have A Disability, Finding A Job Is Twice As Hard, Believe Me, I Know

We have got to create a safer work environment for people with disabilities.

"My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn't prevent you from doing well, and don't regret the things it interferes with. Don't be disabled in spirit as well as physically." – Stephen Hawking

Keep Reading... Show less

7 Books That Are NOT In The Young Adult Genre That Will Change Your Life

Young Adult isn't the only genre that exists, so here are seven books that any book lover wanting to try something new will love.

One of the most popular genres in literature that everyone has read at least one book from is Young Adult fiction. Now, I personally can say that, in the past, I have been one of those people that only read from the YA section of the bookstore.
While there is absolutely nothing wrong with just reading one genre, it's good sometimes to venture out of your reading comfort zone into the other book genres of the literary world.

In a previous article, I discussed the importance and power of words. The perfect example of this is literature and its impact on the world. Books have always played a crucial part in human lives, from how we are able to expand our knowledge to how we pass our time.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments