Extractions can range from a single tooth, to removing all four wisdom teeth at once. Based on the preference of the doctor and/or the patient, a local anesthetic could be used to numb the areas where the teeth will be extracted. Others will prefer to go under a general anesthetic at the Oral Surgeon's office so that they will not be awake during the procedure.
After the surgery you will need to rest. Leave the gauze sponges in place as directed, replacing them on the schedule the doctor recommended. Do not smoke, rinse or spit out violently or suck through a straw. Avoid hard to chew foods and stick to cool soft nutritious foods for the next few days. Your dentist will recommend what pain medication is most appropriate, so if you become sore take as directed. You can also use an ice pack to soothe the area. If the soreness gets worse after 2-3 days please contact the office as a dry socket may be developing. This is usually treated easily by packing the area with some medicated gauze for a day or two, so call the office if you feel healing is not progressing as expected.
You will be limited to soft foods for a few days after your surgery. Some recommended foods are:
- Mashed Potatoes (tepid or cool is preferable)
- Ice Cream
- Thin Soups (tepid or cool is preferable)
- Scrambled eggs or pasta if they are not too hot
- ...and other food you can eat without chewing.