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What To Expect After Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

Updated on June 25, 2014
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Impacted Wisdom Teeth | Source

A Story on my Experience

Many people become extremely scared and worried several days before they get their wisdom teeth pulled. The dentist will tell you it's a big procedure, which it is. He'll also give you a list of possible permanent damage. This includes, but isn't limited to:

  • Nerve damage
  • Collapsed sinuses
  • Waking up in a frantic panic from anesthesia

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My Personal Experience

Days before my procedure I was freaking out constantly. I kept hoping nothing would go wrong, and kept assuming 'what-ifs.' Truth is, my wisdom tooth extraction really wasn't all that bad.

On my way to the dentist that morning, I was literally shaking. After arriving there we had to wait in a musty waiting room for about 20 minutes. My dad kept making jokes as to ease my tension and uncontrollable nervous shaking. Then it hit me, they called my name.

I walked back into the operation room and my dentist told me to have a seat. They began to ask me trivial questions, such as, "Where do you live / go to school?" I think this was to get my mind off it. As they asked these questions, they were cleaning a spot on my arm for an IV. As they did this, they also put clamps in my mouth to keep it wide open.

After they plucked me with the needle and put the IV in, I immediately got drowsy. If you've never been put to sleep by anesthesia before, just imagine a very strong feeling of sleepiness. You can't fight it, and within three to five seconds you're asleep.

There was a moment during my wisdom tooth surgery where I faintly remember looking up at the dentist and feeling scraping, but I immediately passed back out. Then, what felt like literally seconds afterwards, I was awake and he told me it was all done.

From the drugs they gave me I didn't feel a thing. I had the largest grin on my face, and anything I said was very slurred. I felt drunk. I slowly stood up and immediately felt nauseous. My father led me me to the car, and the whole ride home I felt like throwing up. Although, I still had a huge grin on my face and had the eye coordination similar to being a little drunk. Everything was blurry. I knew this was just from the medicine.

After arriving home, I vomited. I felt so much relief and after swishing my mouth out with water, I crawled into bed. The sleep afterwards was the best of my life.

Post Surgery Effects

After I woke up, I was in so much pain. I was also super hungry because I couldn't eat 12 hours before surgery. I took some of the pain medication I was prescribed, ate some soup, and went back to bed.

  • After 2 days I noticed a lot less pain
  • Within 2 weeks the pain was almost gone

Don't smoke after surgery!
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Tips for Quicker Healing and Less Pain

Always remember that after your surgery you should never:

  • Suck on a straw, spit, or smoke anything. Doing these things can lead to dry sockets. I actually got one dry socket, because I believed I had to smoke. This loosened the blood clot, and one day I plucked it out thinking it was food.

You'll know when you get a dry socket. It is the most pain you will ever experience in your mouth and jaw ever. So avoid this at all costs.

  • After surgery make sure you have ice-packs handy. They really help with decreasing swelling and therefore decreasing pain.
  • Do not eat hard, chewy, or sharp foods. These can cause a ton of pain, especially sharp foods like chips. Instead, eat soft foods like soup, mashed potatoes, and applesauce.
  • Make sure to get plenty of sleep and take your pain pills when needed. Sleep speeds the healing process, and the pills will numb the pain a ton.

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Overall, just be thankful it's over. You'll realize you had nothing to worry about, and you never have to go do it again. Wisdom tooth removal is a procedure mostly all young adults and adults have to go through. It's a fearful and painful process, but you will get through it. Everyone has.

Best of luck to you!


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    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      I've had a wisdom tooth removed. It was rough.

      Great overview.

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      4 years ago

      Just had mine removed in tbe chair while fully conscious. Just had dental injections and 10 minutes later I was on my way again.

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      4 years ago

      I would not recommend having wisdom teeth pulled without being put under.This morning I opted to have my wisdom teeth out with only novocain. One of the worst experiences ever! Felt like my eyes were being pulled thru my skull. Decided to drink some jagermeister to ease the pain, Feeling OK now...

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      4 years ago

      Good article man. Thanks. It really helped. I'm on my way to the dentist now!!!!!

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      4 years ago

      Permanent nerve damage it has affected my speech the way I eat , I have a twitch . I can't feel my teeth my gums my lip on the left side and always grinding my teeth . Had and awful experciance . Don't do it !

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      5 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      Thanks for sharing on your experience with dental surgery and sharing tips on how to recover faster.


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