What Happens Before and After Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Finally after deciding to remove your wisdom teeth, you may be curious to know what happens before the wisdom teeth removal and what may occur afterwards. Here’s a brief explanation for your wisdom teeth removal doubts.

Before Wisdom Teeth Removal

Before your wisdom teeth are removed, the teeth and the surrounding tissue will be numbed with a local anaesthetic — the same type used to numb a tooth prior to having a cavity filled. In addition to the local anaesthetic to numb the pain, your Sydney wisdom teeth removal dentist or oral surgeon may decide that a sedative is desired to control any anxiety. Your dentist will probably recommend that you don’t eat or drink after midnight on the night before surgery so that you are prepared for the anaesthetic.

After Wisdom Teeth Removal

In most cases, the recovery period lasts only a few days. Take painkillers as prescribed by your dentist or oral surgeon. The following tips will help speed your recovery.

    • – Bite gently on the gauze pad periodically, and change pads as they become soaked with blood. Call your dentist who did wisdom tooth removal in Sydney if you still have bleeding 24 hours after your surgery.


    • – While your mouth is numb, be careful not to bite the inside of your cheek or lip, or your tongue.
    • – Relax after surgery. Physical activity may increase bleeding.


    • – Eat soft foods, such as gelatine, pudding, or a thin soup. Gradually add solid foods to your diet as healing progresses.


    • – Do not smoke for at least 24 hours after your surgery.


    • – Avoid rubbing the area with your tongue or touching it with your fingers.


    • – Continue to brush your teeth and tongue carefully.


Be sure that you follow your wisdom teeth removal dentist’s instructions for a speedy recovery.