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Sep 27

The Wisdom of Having your Wisdom Teeth Removed

Posted By iamincontrol | September 27, 2018

Wisdom teeth are set of molars which usually come in during your mid-teens. An x-ray will be taken of your teeth and an oral doctor will decide whether your wisdom teeth need to be removed. If they need to be removed, the surgery is a takes about 45 minutes and most people can return to school the next day! The doctor will either numb your gums or they will use medications to put you to sleep through the whole procedure. The doctor will give you personalized, detailed instructions before you leave, but here are a few general Do’s and Don’ts for after your procedure:


  • Use an ice pack for the first few days after surgery. Generally 30 minutes on, 30 minutes off. This really helps cut down on the swelling.
  • Eat soft foods like rice, soup, pasta or mashed potatoes!
  • Take any medication your doctor gives you as prescribed.
  • Call your doctor if you develop a fever.


  • Drink through a straw! Drinking through a straw creates suction in your mouth which can cause dry sockets.
  • Don’t eat hard, crunchy, or sticky foods or gum.
  • Don’t smoke. Smoking slows the healing process and can cause complications.


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