Never brag that you have perfect teeth! For 39 years, I never had a single cavity, braces, or problem with my teeth. Then, right after my 39th birthday, I went in for my regular cleaning and bam! First cavity. It was back on a wisdom tooth that a tooth brush just could not reach. So I got it filled and thought it was fine. It wasn't!
|I put the ice packs in a dish towel and then wrapped a scarf around my head. I look terrible but it was a big help.|
I had the surgery yesterday. I couldn't eat or drink past 12 am, I had to take a valium an hour before the surgery, no make up, jewelry, or nail polish. It went great because none of the wisdom teeth were impacted. I really didn't feel all that out of it. My aunt took me and drove me home. I really feel pretty good except for the gauze that was choking me. I went to sleep for a few hours. I had really issues with blood. My dental surgeon gave me very strict instructions to follow:
-no drinking out of a straw
-use ice packs after the surgery
-DO NOT EAT ANYTHING FOR THREE DAYS! No chewing of anything at all.
-Do not go or do anything for three days
-Rinse with a prescription mouth wash twice a day after the first day
-Don't brush teeth the first day, after that be careful
-No soup on day one, stick to jello, pudding, and applesauce
|Gargle with a few cups of water with one teaspoon table salt. Don't spit but let the salt water dribble out of your mouth. You don't want to dislodge a blood clot and get dry sockets.|
I am terrifying of getting dry sockets, where the blood clots comes out, so I am following everything to the letter. I feel so lucky to have a great dentist and amazing dental surgeon. I go for a follow up in a week or two. I never want to go through the agony of an abscess again.
My advice is to follow your dentist's instructions exactly. Do not eat until they say you can. Food can get stuck in the sockets. Also, no straws or smoking for at least a week. Don't spit but just let the salt water or mouth water dribble out of your mouth. Take the Motrin or Advil to reduce swelling. Stay away from anything carbonated or too acidic like orange juice.
Before the surgery, buy foods like:
-chicken broth or beef consume'
It's DAY 3 and I still have zero pain. I ended up going to Best Buy suddenly. I did feel like my sockets felt a little strained when I was talking. (Of course, I always run into people I know. I tried to not overdo and spoke slowly.) I took a Motrin and gargled. My mood is very low. I ate two cups of puddling. I already lost seven pounds! I'm craving pizza so much. I have a family party tonight. I know I should probably stay home because I don't want to overdo it and talk too much. I also am in a very foul mood. Who wants to go to a party and not be able to eat or drink? A few more hours:( Not that I am going to go into heavy chewing tomorrow but I may eat something softer.