Survival Guide to Getting Wisdom Teeth Out

Marissa Vaillancourt

Marissa Vaillancourt, Staff Writer

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No one likes getting their wisdom teeth out. It’s a topic people try to avoid when going to the dentist, but if you avoid it to long it could do damage to your teeth. People usually get their wisdom teeth out between the ages of 17-20, but I got mine out early I guess. Unlike everyone else, I was excited to get them out. Little did I know how long the recovery was going to be, but I’ll get into that in a little bit. So I was excited to get mine out mostly because I wanted to see what it was like on the laughy gas. I honestly didn’t think it was going to have much of an effect on me as it did. That stuff lasted for a good hour or so after my surgery. 

Let’s talk about the surgery though. If you’re nervous about getting your wisdom teeth out, there is nothing to be scared of. You literally show up at the dentist, they give you anesthesia, you fall asleep for the whole surgery and when it’s done you won’t remember a thing. When you wake up you’ll be so loopy from the laughy gas that you won’t even think they did the surgery yet. Trust me, the part of actually getting the teeth out is the easiest part of the whole process. Anyways, when you wake up, there will be gauze in your mouth so the holes can form blot clots. You’re going to want to leave those in until you get home, and once your home you’ll have to switch them out and put new ones in. You’ll also want to apply an ice pack to your cheeks right away to minimize the swelling.

The first 3 days will have the most swelling and the most pain, but they will give you medicine to help with that. I took my medicine right when I got home because the stuff they put me on was going to wear off soon. You might want to wait an hour or 2 before eating anything, but when you do make sure your first food is liquidy. The first day I ate applesauce, pudding, and mashed potatoes.

Now I’m going to get into the healing process. This was my least favorite part. The better you take care of your mouth, that faster it will heal. Here are some tips. Don’t use straws for at least 2 weeks because sucking could dislodge the blood clot and cause dry socket. You also want to avoid crunchy foods, swishing to hard, spitting, and smoking for at least a week. If you follow those, you won’t have to worry about getting dry socket. Although, crunchy foods should be avoided for maybe like three weeks. I waited till my holes closed which took like a month. That was definitely the hardest part, not eating crunchy foods. I love Doritos and granola bars, so not having those for a month drove me nuts. Anyways, after a week of getting them out I went back for a check up and they gave me a syringe. After I ate something, I would have to use the syringe to clean the back of my mouth. Before I got the syringe I would rely on salt water rinses to get the food out. Thankfully the syringe worked a whole lot better. I kept using the syringe until the holes closed. If I were you, I’d say the best time to get them out would be over the summer so you will have plenty of time to rest and heal. And like I said, if you’re nervous about getting these teeth out there is nothing to be scared of. After 2-3 weeks everything will be back to normal. The worst part for me was not being able to eat chips, but other than that you will be fine.