Though most people have their wisdom teeth removed between the ages of 17 and 21, some dentists will say that if your wisdom teeth don’t bother you then leave them alone. This can be true, but wisdom teeth should generally be removed if there is pain or discomfort in the area. If you are unlucky enough to have your wisdom teeth removed well into adulthood then don’t despair. Preparation and knowing what to expect will make the process much easier.
Pick the Right Doctor
The difference between choosing between a general dentist and an oral surgeon is as simple as anesthesia techniques. While a general dentist is able to perform the task, an oral surgeon is trained in how to sedate patients through an IV drip. Being more deeply sedated has its advantages because you will sleep through the entire procedure and wake up not remembering anything. The downside is that it is quite a bit more expensive than the alternative. Being awake during the process you will hear and see what is happening, and that can be unsettling. If you live in the area, look into the Elite Dentistry of Simi Valley; they perform both the surgical and the simple extractions.
Whichever route you choose, it is essential that you have an adult with you who will bring you home and care for you after the procedure. You are not allowed to drive if anesthesia is used and in any case, you will be in no shape to operate a vehicle. Choose a trusted relative or friend to take you and stay with you through the process. Have them drive you home and be with you for at least a few hours afterward to ensure you are safe and experiencing no dangerous side effects.
It will be incredibly difficult to eat after your surgery. Stock up beforehand on soft, easy-to-digest foods and prepare them ahead of time to make life a little easier. Some suggestions include:
- Mashed potatoes (blending these with chickpeas or other legumes will add protein)
- Broth or creamy soups
- Cottage cheese
Even if you held onto your wisdom a little longer than most others, removing wisdom teeth is a smart idea if you are in pain. Know what you are getting into before you have the surgery and take measures for the aftercare to be as smooth as possible.