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How to Prepare for Wisdom Teeth Removal Surgery

December 21, 2016
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Friday, I had to miss all of our winter parties at school and “adult” (have my wisdom teeth pulled).  This is something I have needed to do for years now, but I made excuses about time and money  Finally, I couldn’t take the pain any longer and decided to schedule the surgery.  After a consultation with my dentist, we scheduled my surgery for Friday December 16 to remove my five wisdom teeth. Yes, you read that correctly, somehow I had a bonus tooth behind my regular that also needed to be removed.

How to prepare

In order to make the healing process go smoother, it is important to plan ahead.  Here are some things to think about a day or two before your surgery.

Clean

Be sure to clean your bedroom, living room and kitchen before you go in for surgery.  You will spend a lot of time at home, so it is much better to come home to a clean house.  Don’t forget to wash your sheets!  I believe a clean house helps people heal faster, but that is just me.

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You will need to have a fridge stocked full of soft foods for the week following surgery.  On your way home from surgery is not the time to think about what you need.

Here are some items you will want on hand:

  • Ice cream/sorbet/ frozen yogurt
  • Pudding
  • Jello
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Soups
  • Flavored water/sparkling water
  • Fruit juices/ sports drinks
  • Eggs
  • Oatmeal
  • Frozen fruit/smoothie mixes
  • Applesauce
  • Macaroni & cheese
  • Salt
  • Frozen peas (4 packages)
  • A pair of socks/boot socks/basketball socks

Easy Potato Soup Recipe

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Make any soups ahead of time that need to be prepped.  Recently, I discovered an easy to make potato soup from Trader Joes.

Ingredients (all from Trader Joe’s):

Steps:

Mix all ingredients together in a large pot on medium high heat, stirring occasionally, until well combined. (Once it was ready, I poured it in to the Vitamix to make sure it was well combined and without chunks to make it easier to eat.

I divided this out into several different containers to eat throughout the first several days of healing.

Ice pack

In order to keep swelling down, it is important to keep an ice pack on hand.  One of my friends suggested I put a package of frozen peas in 2 pairs of long socks, then tie them together.  This freed up my hands and allowed me keep ice on my cheeks at all times.  I used a set until the peas got mushy, then I  traded them out for fresh packages.  My doctor recommended I use ice 20 minutes on and 5 minutes off most of the two first days to reduce swelling.

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What to expect

Unlike most people, I did not sleep at all when I got home from surgery.  Typically, hydrocodone makes me feel nauseated, so I didn’t take any after leaving the office.  Instead, I stayed awake, watched movies, and rested in my living room chair.

The procedure

The entire procedure typically takes less than an hour.  I had five wisdom teeth removed in under an hour. You will either be under anesthesia and completely asleep, or moderately to heavily sedated and fall asleep. I woke up during my procedure in time to feel the pressure of two teeth being pulled, but I wasn’t uncomfortable or in pain.  Apparently, I was having difficulty breathing towards the end of the procedure, so they had to pull back on the sedatives.

You may or may not remember your drive home, but it is always fun to have family there to remind you (or record you like my husband did).  Apparently I was disappointed I was “not funny” and more with it than all the YouTube people. Enjoy!

Medications

There are a lot of them!  My doctor prescribed me 6 different medicines (a steroid pack, antibiotic, 2 different pain pills, nausea medicine, and a prescription mouthwash). Don’t forget to take the medicines as prescribed to prevent infection and manage pain.

Pain

Speaking of pain, it hurts, but it isn’t unbearable.  In order to prevent nerve damage, they had to cut me pretty far up on my gums.  My mouth, gums, teeth, jaw, ear and neck all hurt throughout the first several days.  My jaw and mouth are still pretty sore.  The ice pack and heat pack help with soreness and aches.

You will be numb for a while, which means use a bib when you eat. I couldn’t feel my chin and bottom jaw for several hours following the procedure, I I had ice cream and soup on my chin at all times.

Food

You will need to eat soft foods for the first several days, so be sure you stocked up.  My Wendy’s Frosty was my best friend the first day, and one of the only things that sounded good.

Beginning day 2, here is what I have been eating:

Meal 1: Scrambled eggs and fruit smoothie with protein powder

Meal 2: Applesauce/yogurt

Meal 3: Potato soup

Meal 4: Tomato soup/peanut butter shake

Meal 5: Ice cream

Honestly, restricting food has been the hardest part for me.  Every day, I try more and more foods that I can suck on or chew with my front teeth.  I even ate a chicken pot pie last night!

Hygiene

Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions for how to keep your holes clean.  I rinse with warm salt water after brush after every meal, and I use my medicated wash 2 times a day.  Beginning on day 7, I will be rinsing with a syringe too.  Just a heads up, bad breath is not uncommon for a few days after having your wisdom teeth removed.  This may be TMI, but it is something I was not prepared for at all.

I still have several more days of healing, and probably quite a while before I can eat anything I want. Overall, getting my wisdom teeth removed is uncomfortable, but it hurts less than I expected.  As long as you are prepared and know what to expect, you will be great!

To read more about what to expect on day 1 of surgery, head over to my friend Ginger’s blog.

Leave me a comment below! I would love to hear from you. 

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Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, so this is not medical advice.  My tips are based on my experiences alone and should not be considered sound medical advice.

  • Chrissy December 21, 2016 at 5:51 am

    I had my wisdom teeth removed years ago – my doctor went with one side first and then the other side as soon as the first had healed up. I remember the pain being bearable as well, although all in all it sure wasn’t fun.
    These are all great tips – hope you are feeling better already! xxx

    • Jessica December 22, 2016 at 9:57 am

      I am glad they did both sides at once, but it is not fun either way. Thank you! I am doing a little better every day. 🙂

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 21, 2016 at 10:51 am

    I never had my wisdom teeth out, but it’s never really sounded like a fun experience.
    But potato soup, that’s an idea I can totally get behind! I was actually just thinking that I should make my dad’s potato soup recipe after the holidays. It’s so yummy!

    • Jessica December 22, 2016 at 9:58 am

      Haha. Right? You totally should!

  • Brittany December 21, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Oh no fun! I hope you are feeling better! Great tips too!

    • Jessica December 22, 2016 at 10:05 am

      Thanks, Brittany!

  • Ref J December 21, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    I have never had my wisdom teeth out. The video your hubs shot is great…flurp or slurp…we may never know. 🙂

    • Jessica December 22, 2016 at 10:11 am

      Hahaha. He’s a mess. I hope you never have to have them out either! 🙂

  • Rebecca Hicks December 22, 2016 at 6:30 am

    I actually had my wisdom teeth out in two separate procedures, so I had the pleasure of enduring the yuckiness of it twice. Definitely not something I’d recommend! My biggest problem (other than the soreness in my jaw), was that I couldn’t open my mouth all the way for the longest time. I was scared it’d never go back to normal haha. I hope you are healing up quickly and that it’s not too swollen!!

    • Jessica December 22, 2016 at 10:21 am

      Ugh. That sounds terrible. I am in that same position. I hate that I can’t open my mouth. I keep forgetting when I make my smoothies, because I always lick the tamper, and I can’t open my jaw.

  • Harmony, Momma To Go December 22, 2016 at 6:45 am

    Wow my dentist wants me to get my four removed but they aren’t impacted. I pinned your post for later!

    • Jessica December 22, 2016 at 10:23 am

      Awh, thanks Harmony! I hope yours goes super smoothly and is as pain free as possible.

  • candy December 22, 2016 at 7:10 am

    Planning ahead is key to making me happy to be at home while recovering. Cleaning makes sense since a person won’t feel up to cleaning for awhile. I really like how you gave a grocery list and meal plans which some of these I wouldn’t have thought of before.

    • Jessica December 22, 2016 at 10:25 am

      Yes! Clean houses always put me in a better mood.

      Thank you!

  • Brandy December 22, 2016 at 7:56 am

    The walrus made me giggle 😀 I had mine done a few years back, cut out of bone while I was awake because I had no time to recovery from anesthesia and no one to drive me – and I didn’t prep in advance like you either. It was not a happy time. The potato soup looks excellent and actually, may be out day after Christmas one pot meal.
    Hope you’re recovering well!

    • Jessica December 22, 2016 at 10:28 am

      haha. Ouch! That doesn’t sound fun at all. You should make some soup for sure!!

  • Lexi December 22, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Oh no! I’ve never had my wisdom teeth taken out. That soup look and sounds amazing!

    • Jessica December 22, 2016 at 10:29 am

      Lucky you! I hope you never have to! It was really good. 🙂

  • Bobbi | Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen December 22, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    I wish I had seen this before I had mine removed. UGH so glad THAT only happens once!!

    • Jessica December 24, 2016 at 1:23 pm

      Yes! Me too.

  • Erin December 22, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    My daughter had this done recently and her videos are hilarious! We’ll post them on YouTube one of these days, but for now I look at them whenever I’m in a bad mood and it immediately cheers me up. One thing I would add is that you should bring lots of extra gauze with you for the car ride home (although you are fortune and don’t look like you were bleeding much on the drive home) and also make sure you pick up all the necessary prescriptions in advance.
    erin | sandsunandmessybuns.com

    • Jessica December 24, 2016 at 1:28 pm

      Yes! Great tips. My husband had to drop me off at the house and pick up the prescriptions.

  • Melissa Blake December 22, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    Ugh, hope you’re feeling better!! At least it’s all over!! Make sure get lots of rest! xoxo

    • Jessica December 24, 2016 at 1:29 pm

      Thank you! I am finally starting to feel better today. Just in time for Christmas.

  • Miri Nadler December 22, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    This is super practical. Thank you.

    • Jessica December 24, 2016 at 1:29 pm

      Of course! 🙂

  • Krysten December 22, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    I just had my wisdom teeth cut out, without any pain meds.
    That was one of the most awful experiences in my life.
    I wish I would have had your tips before!

    • Jessica December 24, 2016 at 1:30 pm

      Ugh! It is awful. I feel your pain, girl.