At some point, most people need to get a wisdom tooth (or teeth) removed. The more you know and prepare for the oral surgery, the less anxiety  you will experience and the faster you will recover. Below are some tips to follow when preparing for wisdom teeth removal.

Talk to Your Dentist

Your dentist will usually be happy to answer any questions you might have about the upcoming procedure. Common questions you might want to ask include:

  • How many teeth will you remove?
  • Will you use general or local anesthesia?
  • How long will the oral surgery take?
  • How long will my recovery take?

It also never hurts to research the procedure in advance. Researching will help you identify more questions you’d like to ask.

Make Arrangements for the Day of Surgery

Most wisdom teeth removals occur when the patient is under general anesthesia. This means that you will not be able to work or drive during the day of the surgery. Make sure you have scheduled the day off (if applicable), arranged for necessary childcare/petcare (if applicable), and have arranged for someone to drive you to and from the appointment. Note that you will likely be too uncomfortable to perform normal activities on the day after surgery, too.

Avoid Eating Before Surgery

General anesthesia can make patients experience nausea and vomiting, so your dentist may recommend that you stop eating at midnight on the night before the procedure, and skip breakfast and/or lunch the next morning. Ask your dentist or oral surgeon if you need to avoid eating or drinking before the surgery.

Stock Up

After your procedure, you will do well to have the house stocked with soft foods, NSAID pain medications, and cold packs. Your dentist will most likely give you gauze and cold packs to take home with you, but it always helps to have backups (and may help calm your nerves before surgery, too.) If your dentist plans to prescribe a pain reliever, ask him or her to let you fill the prescription a day early so you can avoid a trip to the pharmacy when you are still groggy. We also recommend having favorite movies and a comfortable recovery area set up and ready to go!

The day after the anesthesia wears off, you’ll likely be too uncomfortable to perform normal activities. Schedule time off from work or school, to correspond with when you’ll be recovering from wisdom teeth removal.

Need Wisdom Teeth Removal in Salisbury NC?

If you need wisdom teeth removal, dental implants, or another restorative dentist service in Salisbury NC, we can help. Our skilled dentists and staff members will use state-of-the-art dental technology to optimize your oral health, so that problems can be caught and treated before they develop into serious issues. If you would like to request a dentist appointment in Salisbury NC, fill out our form here!

You probably already know that water is good for your overall health, but did you know it has benefits for your teeth, too? It’s true! Staying hydrated helps strengthen your teeth, decrease enamel-destroying bacteria, and keep your smile bright and strong. Below are some reasons to drink up this season!

Create Bacteria-Fighting Saliva

Saliva is your mouth’s first line of defense against tooth decay. Its neutral PH levels helps to dilute acid from soda and other foods, and it contains minerals like calcium and phosphate that keep your teeth strong. The drier your mouth, the easier it is for bacteria to thrive and grow. So if you want to fight tooth decay, stay hydrated!

Flush Away Sugars and Starches

Whenever you eat or drink anything sweet, sugar residue is left behind on your teeth. Sugar is a favorite food of tooth bacteria, and once they ingest it, they convert it into acid which destroys your enamel. Staying hydrated helps wash away all that sugar and carbs so the bacteria have nothing to eat. The more you drink, the more you are able to “flush” bad particles away.

Get Free, Extra Fluoride

The U.S. is one of the few countries that put fluoride in municipal water. Fluoride, also known as “nature’s cavity fighter,” has been consistently shown to strengthen tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay. The more municipal or “tap” water you consume, the more fluoride you apply to your teeth and the stronger they become. As an added bonus, this fluoride is totally free, unlike fluoride rinses you have to pay for at the dentist!

Water: The Best Drink Recommended by Dentists!

If dentists filled out a survey on the #1 beverage they recommend, water would win hands down. Unlike coffee and tea, it doesn’t cause stains; unlike soda and lemonade, it doesn’t erode enamel with acid; unlike fruit juices and sports drinks, it doesn’t contain sugar. Nutritionists would agree with us, too: with zero calories, water is the best thing you can drink for your overall health. That’s something to smile about!

Get a Bright, Healthy Smile at Salisbury Family Dentistry

If you are looking for a dentist in Salisbury NC, head over to Salisbury Family Dentistry. Our amazing dentists and hygienists will optimize your oral health so that problems can be caught and treated as early as possible! To request an appointment, click here.


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