Wisdom teeth are the third and last molars on each side of your upper and lower sets of teeth. They are the last teeth to erupt, usually appearing in your late teens or early twenties. Wisdom teeth that come in crooked or partially exposed can cause serious pain and damage to your teeth. It’s a good idea to have these teeth extracted sooner rather than later to avoid any future pain or damage.

Wisdom teeth extraction is a very common procedure, and advanced dental technology has made it easier and less painful than ever. Getting your wisdom teeth removed is still a significant dental procedure and requires some preparation as well as recovery time after the fact. Here are three tips for dealing with wisdom teeth removal so you can be fully prepared when the time comes for you extraction.

1. Bring a Friend Or Loved One

You will be medicated during the surgery so it’s important to have someone to help you after the procedure is finished. First, you will be given a local anaesthetic to numb the area where the tooth is being extracted. You may also be given a general anaesthetic depending on the amount of teeth that need to be removed and your comfort level. A friend to drive you to and from your appointment is important for any dental extraction surgery.

2. Keep Your Head Up

Some swelling is normal in the aftermath of a wisdom tooth extraction. Normally the swelling is the strongest in the first 24 hours after the procedure and will start to subside in the days following. Place a cold compact on the area and keep your head raised. This will pull any fluids away from your jaw to keep swelling under control.

3. Put Down Your Toothbrush

This may seem counterintuitive, but it’s actually advised that you not brush your teeth for the first day after a wisdom tooth removal. Brushing can negatively impact the healing process in that early stage, so you should avoid any teeth cleaning until after the first 24 hours have passed.

Getting your wisdom teeth removed doesn’t have to be an intimidating procedure. With the right preparation and aftercare, wisdom teeth extractions can be easy, simple and pain-free. The team of professional dental specialists at Tooth Works Dentistry can provide you with the seamless and efficient wisdom teeth removal services you need. We begin all of our wisdom teeth extraction procedures with a detail assessment to determine your specific needs and guide you through all the important preparation and aftercare necessary to make your wisdom teeth extraction as so smooth at possible. For more information about our wisdom teeth extraction services, contact one of our dental professionals today at Tooth Works Dentistry.