You might already have a lot planned for this summer, including a family vacation, household projects, and more. But you may want to consider getting your wisdom teeth removed this season as well, especially if you have been putting off your wisdom teeth extractions because you are afraid that your recovery time will cause you to miss out on school or work. Let us talk a bit more about this procedure and why summer may be the perfect time for you to get it done.
Visit Your Dentist for a Consultation
If you are unsure of whether you need to get your wisdom teeth removed, schedule a consultation with your dentist. After they examine your mouth, they will let you know whether your wisdom teeth should be extracted. Even if the teeth are not causing problems for you now, they may lead to future issues. Many people choose to have their wisdom teeth removed as a purely precautionary measure. If you do decide to get your wisdom teeth taken out, the team at your dentist’s office will work to schedule your surgery for a time that is convenient for you.
Preparing for Your Surgery
Before your surgery, you can prepare for your recovery time by picking out some favorite movies or books to keep you entertained while you rest. You should also stock up on soft foods, such as soup and applesauce. You could even pick up some seasonal fruits (not ones with lots of small seeds) and use those to pre-make smoothies. You can freeze the smoothies and enjoy them as a treat while you are on the mend after your procedure. It is also okay if you want to indulge in some ice cream; just steer clear of varieties that have nuts or other hard pieces in them.
On the day of your procedure, have someone drive you to and from the dental office, especially if are going to be sedated. It will likely be easy to find a driver because many people have time off during the summer. During the surgery itself, you should feel little to nothing as your dentist removes the teeth.
Your Recovery Time
If you are on vacation from school or work during the summer, you will not have to worry about keeping up with homework or other tasks while you are healing from your surgery. Use the time to rest and enjoy cool treats to soothe your mouth. Most people who get their wisdom teeth removed are able to resume their normal diet and daily activities within a week to 10 days.
Wisdom teeth removal does not have to put a damper on your summer plans. In fact, summer may be the most convenient time for you to undergo this procedure.
About the Author
Dr. Elias Deros is one of two talented dentists in our practice. His extensive continuing education equips him to perform a wide variety of dental procedures. If you believe you need to get your wisdom teeth removed and would like to discuss the procedure with Dr. Deros, contact Four Town Dental today at 860-749-6088.