Getting your wisdom teeth removed is just a part of life. In fact, the majority of people will have to get their wisdom teeth removed at some point. There are just a small number of people who actually have room for their wisdom teeth. For this reason, you should prepare yourself for having to get your wisdom teeth surgically removed. Here are some things you need to know about wisdom teeth removal.
Most People Have Their Wisdom Teeth Removed in Their Teenage Years
Generally people have their wisdom teeth removed during their teenage years. This is because it is not until your later teenage years that the teeth will actually start to appear. Up until then the wisdom teeth have not surfaced. At your regular dental appointments your dentist should be able to determine the optimal time. Usually you don't have to worry about your wisdom teeth, until your dentist lets you know it is time.
It should be mentioned that some people have room in their mouth for their wisdom teeth and do not have to have them removed. Your dentist will be able to tell you if the surgery is necessary for you, and when you should get the procedure done.
You Will Be In Pain For A Couple Days After
Wisdom teeth extraction can be pretty intense. Many people opt to get general anesthesia because it is so painful. After you get the procedure done, you will be in pain for a couple days. There will be a good deal of swelling, which is why it is so vital that you follow the directions of your surgeon.
They will most likely recommend that you have a cool, clear liquid only diet for the next 24 hours. You cannot drink from a straw, since the sucking motion might cause more bleeding. Thus, you should only be drinking from a cup. Then after those 24 hours have passed, you should eat only soft foods such as ice cream, smoothies, popsicles, and anything else you don't have to chew.
The pain and swelling will be there for days following the surgery, so it is important that you plan accordingly. Do the surgery during a time when you can take time off of school and work.
If you are considering getting your wisdom teeth out, talk to your dentist. They can help you know when the time is right and how you should prepare.