Before you start freaking out-let me explain. I was having wisdom teeth extracted. I was placed under a local anesthetic-otherwise known as being “awake” during surgery. All this means is that my mouth was extremely numb while my brain was fully functioning. There was no way that I was going to have general anesthesia or being “asleep” while having four teeth removed! I prefer to know what’s going on in my mouth. When I got my thirds removed, I was working for an oral surgeon. This meant that I had quite a bit of knowledge of wisdom teeth removal going into the surgery. However, I was not prepared to have four gaping holes in my mouth for a couple months after.
It’s been about 4 weeks and I am still getting used to using the curved syringe to get food out of my mouth. I was already at work when the doctor and I decided to have my teeth extracted, so I was wearing my work clothes. I would definitely suggest to wear more comfortable clothes. Also, you will look like a chipmunk leaving the office. The assistants need to put in gauze to help the initial bleeding be controlled-that is why I have strings hanging out of my mouth. The strings are to prevent you from choking on them in case you swallow it.
Some pro tips:
- Have plenty of food before hand. I wasn’t exactly ready to have my teeth out so I ended up having to walk to the grocery store the next day due to only having hard food in my kitchen.
- You can bleed for a couple hours after the surgery. Do not bother calling your oral surgeon complaining that you are still bleeding-it is normal. However, if the bleeding isn’t slowing down-perhaps you should call.
- You will have holes where the teeth were. Your wisdom teeth are quite large, and they are more in the bone then the rest of your teeth. If they are not erupted (through the gum) then, the oral surgeon will have to cut into the bone and remove them. The gum where your teeth were can take a couple months to fully heal, and even longer for the bone to “fill back up.” It will take some time getting used to eating, but this is all NORMAL.
Things to AVOID:
- Straws. While it may seem gross, blood clots are your friends. You want your blood to clot to prevent further bleeding. This will be a white area in the extraction site. The saliva in your mouth is what makes it white. Straws create a vacuum and can suck the clots right down your throat, which is A) gross and B) not what you want for a smooth recovery. Hold off on straws for at least a couple days.
- Hard foods. Avoid having any type of hard foods right after surgery. You want to give your mouth enough time to heal without having hard foods hurting the inside of your mouth.
- Putting on a tough act. If you are in a abnormal amount of pain, call the doctor’s office who performed the surgery. It is much easier to double check what you are feeling is normal, then to call on the weekend with dry socket. Don’t feel like you are bothering the office by calling them. You can also go on for a post operative appointment to make sure everything is healing fine if you are worried.
Some of my favorite foods were oatmeal, rice, soup and mac and cheese. I practically lived on those four foods for about two weeks straight until I felt more comfortable adding more food into my diet.
Overall, I am so glad that I had my thirds removed. Even though I worked for an oral surgeon and have seen plenty of patients (daily!) have their teeth extracted, I was somewhat dreading it. I’m so glad I chose being awake for the surgery so I could hear and understand what was going on. Because I want a career in the dental field, I was able to learn more about dental work being a patient.
That’s all for now,