I literally JUST had my wisdom teeth removed 5 days ago, and there are tons of things nobody tells you about getting your wisdom teeth removed. It’s crazy! I’ll try to keep this short, sweet, and not too graphic.
1. You will have holes in your gums for weeks!
Everything I read online mentioned being able to eat soft foods for 48-72 hours and then eating like normal. That’s a damn lie.
You will have pain for more than 3 days after your surgery, for me it has been enough pain to still take the 600mg ibuprofen pills they gave me.
There are also holes in your gums (obviously), but they stick around for 1-2 weeks, which means you can’t have fries, seeds, or anything that’ll dive-bomb into your gums and hurt like a bitch. Not to mention, you’ll be rinsing out your gum holes with salt water to prevent infection! My advice? Stick to soft foods, the less chewing – the better.
Over one month post wisdom teeth removal, and I still have holes – it’s just annoying at this point.
2. Everything will be healed in a week or 2 – LIES!
Nope. Your gums will heal within a week or 2, but it takes 6 months or so for your jaw bone to grow where those wisdom teeth were. Don’t panic! It’ll feel normal before 6 months, but it’s because the gum tissue will grow thick enough over the holes.
I’m 1 month and 4 days post-surgery and I still have gum holes. I still have to clean them out, but I don’t even notice they’re there – but it’s one hell of an inconvenience.
3. Your face will swell up like a balloon.
Not only will your face become swollen after your wisdom teeth are removed, but it’ll continue to get more swollen up to the 3rd day! So, don’t make any plans for the 3rd day post-wisdom teeth removal because you will definitely be looking your worst.
4. Sensitivity? Hell yeah.
Your nerves are exposed! So those gum holes are going to be extra sensitive to temperature. I did a salt rinse with room temperature water and it hit the nerves and that shock of cold stayed with me for 30-ish minutes after it happened! It sucks – stick to warm (not hot) liquids.
5. Chew pasta/anything in the front of your mouth.
Everyone talked about being able to eat mac and cheese 24 hours after surgery because it’s soft. Be careful.
Sure, it sounds delicious and easy to eat, right? Well make sure you only eat 2 pieces at a time because you can only really chew with your front teeth! I got a piece of pasta stuck in the hole and the amount of salt-water rinsing I had to do was RIDICULOUS! Learn from my mistake.
6. Keep your apple sauce at room temperature.
This kind of goes in hand with #4, but some people like putting apple sauce in the refrigerator. If it’s a big opened container, of course it has to go in the fridge – but if you buy the single serve apple sauces, you’re better off keeping them at room temperature so you’re gum holes don’t freak out.
7. Not using a straw is no big deal!
You should probably/hopefully already know that you can’t use a straw to drink anything because it can dislodge the blog clot and give you dry socket. Well, you also can’t spit, slurp, or make any suction type of mouth movement.
Who cares? Well, good luck drinking soup without using any form of suction! You might just have to tilt your head back and hail-mary the soup into your mouth, that’s what I did.
8. Don’t procrastinate
I know my little sister only had 2 wisdom teeth removed at one time, so she has to go back for the other 2. I’d advise not doing that. I had all 4 wisdom teeth removed and I’m happy about it (even though I think the surgery is complete horse-shit). I would HATE to go through this more than once.
All in all, I hate this surgery and recovering from it. I didn’t get dry socket, and maybe I technically had an easier recovery than most people, but it doesn’t change the fact that I can’t eat without potentially getting food stuck in the holes and needing to flush out my mouth with salt water more than 3 times a day.
There are obviously other things that go along with this surgery that your oral surgeon should tell you, but I wanted to let you know all the things your oral surgeon, friends, internet, and family won’t tell you.
Just look forward to lots of mashed potatoes and mashed cauliflower! You can get through this, plenty of other people have done it!