So I recently had my wisdom teeth removed, and I learned the (somewhat) hard way that doctors don’t tell you everything (purposely or not…you be the judge).
Before you make that appointment, you really need to read this.
(Any information that follows is based on my own experiences, yours may vary.)
So let’s begin.
Before anything, go to your local pharmacy and ask if they have sterilized dental gauze. Buy a pack, there’s a fair chance you’ll need it. You can also buy a few teabags, which you can use instead of gauze for faster healing.
If you’re planning your surgical appointment, you’re probably wondering whether you should get local anesthesia (numbing of your gums via slightly painful needles) or general anesthesia (sleepy gas via gas mask).
I myself, chose local, for two reasons.
- I was told by several other friends that if you use general anesthesia you will feel excruciating pain as soon as you wake up after surgery. And in some cases, you might wake up mid-surgery. On the other hand, it takes around 5-6 hours before local anesthesia wears off. Also, there are some scientific evidence that general anesthesia can cause permanent issues with your body (brain, liver, etc.)
- From my past experiences of using general anesthesia (when i fractured my arm…twice…), you will feel extremely nauseated when you wake up, and there’s a good chance you’ll barf.
Don’t worry though, other than the slight pinches of (around 4-5) tiny needle shots, you won’t feel any pain for the rest of the surgery (unless it was wearing off…in that case just mumble something, and the doctor will give you an extra shot or two). Although there is no pain, if your wisdom teeth are impacted deeply, the doctor might be using a lot of force…which can be a tad bit scary (in the end you’ll be begging for the drill, because when the surgeon finishes with the drill, you’ll know the tooth is out).
You should plan your surgery so you have at least a 1 or 2 week rest afterwards. Even though your doctor might say 3-5 days before you can chew normally, trust me when I say you can’t.
The two main things (or maybe the only things) you’ll be concerned about are the blood and the pain.
For me, blood was a pretty freaky problem. I had my appointment at around 4pm and i was still leaking dark red saliva by 1am. I later figured out that the problem was that i wasn’t using enough gauze, and that i was changing it too frequently, which disturbed the blood clots. So my tip is to layer up 4-5 layers of gauze, with dimensions around 5cm by 3 cm. One stack of gauze on each side of your extractions. Because of the fact you’re going to bleed for quite a few hours, i recommend you make your appointment early in the morning, or else you won’t be sleeping for the night. Not with all that blood in your mouth. Page 2 —>