As Benjamin Franklin once said, “an ounce of preparation is worth a pound of cure.” He could have very well been talking about wisdom teeth removal! If you or a loved one are scheduled for a wisdom teeth removal procedure with Dr. Chris Tye, there are steps you can take before the removal to ensure a better experience during and after the procedure.
If you have questions about an upcoming procedure with Dr. Chris Tye, don’t hesitate to reach out to our practice. Patient care is Dr. Tye’s number one priority; we want to make sure you are comfortable and informed to help you have a positive experience during your time at Texas Oral Surgery Specialists. Call us today at 817.552.3223.
Stock up on soft foods.
After a wisdom teeth extraction, a soft diet is recommended for the first few days, as your extraction sites heal and your mouth recovers. One or two days before your procedure, be sure to head to the store to pick up some soft, low-prep foods so they are readily available during your recovery at home. We suggest soups, applesauce, soft pasta, scrambled eggs, yogurt, and ingredients for a healthy smoothie. Some patients find they lose some appetite during recovery, while others feel just as hungry as usual; stock up so you are prepared for meals for at least 3 to 4 days.
At your consultation, Dr. Tye or a member of our team should have shared with you some pre-operative instructions. Be sure to thoroughly and carefully read over these at least a few days in advance of the procedure, as some rules may apply up to a day in advance of the procedure. Always give us a call if you do not understand an instruction, or have a question about your unique situation.
Follow eating guidelines.
If you are receiving anesthesia for your wisdom teeth removal, you should have received instructions regarding a cut-off time for eating. Usually, it’s about 6 to 8 hours before the beginning of your surgery. This restriction is purely for your safety; general anesthesia relaxes your body, including your digestive system. This could cause your body to regurgitate if food is still being digested, which could put you and the success of the procedure at risk. Always be sure to follow eating and drinking guidelines.
Arrange for a friend or family member to drive you to and from the appointment.
Arranging transportation to and from our practice is important; patients should avoid driving for at least a day after receiving sedatives, and for at least two days after receiving general anesthesia. After the procedure, you may feel dazed or groggy; be sure that whoever is helping to transport you home can help support you during that time, and get you safely back home and comfortable to begin recovery.
The day of the wisdom teeth removal, come in comfortable, loose fitting clothes. Do not wear jewelry, makeup, or strong perfumes. Bleeding is common after the removal, so be sure to wear something that can possibly be stained.
Contact Your Colleyville, TX Oral Surgeon
If you have questions about our wisdom teeth removal procedures, or are looking for an oral surgeon in the Colleyville, TX area, reach out to Texas Oral Surgery Specialists. Dr. Chris Tye has consecutively been named one of the best oral surgeons in the North Texas area by Fort Worth Magazine, and can help you experience a positive oral surgery experience close to home. Schedule your consultation by calling us at 817.552.3223.