Everything You Need to Know Before Wisdom Tooth Removal

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Maybe you’re considering a tooth extraction, or perhaps you’re already scheduled for the procedure and are wondering what to do before a wisdom teeth removal.

Whatever your situation, this guide will answer all your questions and help you feel confident and prepared for your wisdom tooth extraction.

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last teeth to erupt, typically between the ages of 17 and 25.

These teeth often don’t have enough room to emerge properly, which can cause pain, inflammation, and even damage to nearby teeth. In these cases, wisdom tooth extraction is usually the best option.

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How to Prepare for Wisdom Tooth Extraction:

Taking the right steps before your wisdom tooth extraction can ease nerves and ensure a smooth procedure. So, let’s explore key preparation tips for a comfortable and successful experience.

  • Consult with your dentist: During the consultation, your dentist will inform you about the procedure, and post-operative care.
  • Get an X-ray: An X-ray will allow your dentist to see the position of your wisdom teeth and determine the best approach for the extraction.
  • Inform your doctor about your medications: Tell your dentist about any medications you’re taking, as some can interfere with the surgery.
  • Pre-operative fasting: Follow your dentist’s instructions carefully to not eat or drink anything before surgery.
  • Arrange for a ride home: The anesthesia or sedation used during the surgery may affect your ability to drive. Arrange for a family member or friend to drive you home after the procedure.

Can I eat before wisdom tooth extraction?

It depends on the type of anesthesia used. If you’re receiving general anesthesia, you’ll likely need to fast for 8-12 hours before surgery.

However, if you’re receiving intravenous sedation, you may be able to eat or drink clear liquids up to two hours beforehand. Consult your dentist for specific instructions regarding your case.

Post-operative Care After Wisdom Tooth Extraction:

  • Rest: Get enough rest after surgery. Avoid strenuous physical activity for the first few days.
  • Apply ice: Apply an ice pack wrapped in a towel to the affected area to reduce swelling.
  • Take medications: Take the medication prescribed by your dentist as directed.
  • Maintain good oral hygiene: Brush your teeth carefully and use gentle floss to keep the area clean. Avoid smoking and alcohol, as these can delay healing.
  • Eat soft foods: Start with soft, easy-to-chew foods like applesauce, yogurt, or soup. As you feel better, you can gradually incorporate more solid foods into your diet.

Experienced Wisdom Teeth Removal at Affordable Prices

At Somos Dental, extracting your 4 wisdom teeth starts at $999. Also, we want you to have a positive experience during your wisdom tooth Removal.

We have clinics in Phoenix and Dallas to provide you with the care you deserve:


You’re welcome to contact us at 623-869-1091 for details or complete our online form to BOOK YOUR FREE CONSULTATION. Start your path toward a stunning smile now.

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