Post # 1
My poor Fiance is getting 4 impacted wisdom teeth out on Friday and I was hoping some Bee’s could share their wisdom teeth removal stories, tips etc.
How soon after the operation were you able to eat? What are some tasty things I should have ready for him to eat during the week? Ice cream is on the top of the list 🙂
Post # 3
Ice cream, oatmeal, apple sauce, pain meds… I had all 4 out at once. The anathsia tripped me out good and I was knocked out for a while and didn’t take the pain meds soon enough so when I woke up it hurt miserably. Luckily I wasn’t swollen for too long. No straws so you get to look like a fool trying to eat with a still numb jaw, don’t laugh when he is wearing whatever he trying to eat!
ETA: Don’t let him talk alot while the anathesia is wearing off, you’re high as a kite and nothing hurts so you think its fine, then suddenly it isn’t.
Post # 4
I had to have a bunch of dental work over the summer. I have impacted wisdom teeth but needed to address the other stuff first. I will be going in soon for mine to be taken out. Only my bottom ones. Im posting to follow this lol
Also, tell your Fiance my sister is the biggest sissy ever and has no pain tolerance and she was feeing fine after about 24 hours. She was mostly groggy and sore after but thats it. Ice cream was a big thing, soup was another, mashed potatoes I think, ill have to ask her 🙂 but she was terrified of recovery and it was not bad for her at all.
Post # 5
i had all mine removed at the same time. The knocked me out for it.
Lots of pain meds and soups for a few days – i didn’t have any problems eating.
Post # 6
I got my 4 impacted wisdom teeth a few years ago the day before thanksgiving. I was able to eat a normal meal, but in very very small pieces. I ate a lot of mashed potatoes for a few days, but I was back to normal pretty quickly–three or four days.
Post # 7
Mine really wasn’t that bad. They had to cut into my gums and smash up the teeth to get them out because they were still deep in and all but one hadn’t popped up yet. That sounds like a horrifying experience but it wasn’t so bad. I had it done Saturday morning and spent the rest of the day laying around still groggy from the anaesthetic and milking my surgery haha. They had numbed my mouth area and it stayed numb until the evening so eating was hard but mainly because I couldn’t feel my face. I never swelled up at all (keep ice on his jaw the first day) and I didn’t have much pain. I used less than half of the prescribed painkillers they gave me (T3) but I probably didn’t even need to. I was back figure skating Sunday afternoon and high school on Monday. My jaw stayed stiff and I couldn’t open my mouth super wide for about a week so I was eating pudding and soft canned fruit and smoothies mainly. I think I ate some scrambled eggs a couple days in. Just make sure NO STRAWS. The suction can open the wounds and make a big painful mess.
Post # 8
@Boston Bee: I don’t imagine he will be able to chew things like meat for at least 4 or 5 days? Having 4 out at once will mean all his back teeth will be out of commission won’t it?
I think i will feed him ice cream, mashed potatoes and gravy, scrambled eggs and perhaps some sort of blended soup.
I know he is going to go mental, he loves his meat!
Post # 9
I had all 4 of mine removed about 30 years ago…two were impacted. My jaws swelled like I had the mumps and it was impossible for me to open my mouth for a few days. Some people have no swelling and no problems. I had lots of milkshakes and soup. If he has problems eating just make sure he gets plenty of liquids. Also have a couple bags of frozen peas on hand. Those will be easier to use and conform to his face if he needs ice packs. You can alternate them as he changes them from one side to the other.
Post # 10
@FauxBoho: I just cut things really small so I didn’t really have to chew.
Post # 11
I had all four removed and they just knocked me out for the surgery part. Afterwards, I ate mashed potatoes and ice cream for the day and then was fine after that. I didn’t even fill my prescription, just took tylenol. I did swell pretty badly, but only on one side. Weird! Hope it’s not too bad for your fiance!
Post # 12
I still have all my wisdom teeth. I got them all when I was 14 and had braces so they aren’t doing anything harmful. I have, howvever, had 4 bicuspids removed (the ones right behind the canine teeth) when I was 10. I remember it well. I wasn’t lucky enough to get knocked out for it like they do most of the time with wisdom teeth -only local numbing. Lots of spoon eaten malts/shakes (no straws!) and soft foods like apple sauce for a while. He’ll be just fine.
ETA: Cold ice packs on the cheeks to help with swelling!
Post # 13
I had all four removed at once. I was put under general anesthesia. I felt fine afterwards. I even went out that night! I was eating normal foods the next day, I think. In no pain.
Post # 14
I had all 4 out when I was 19 with just novocaine. They were impacted and did not erupt at all, they were under my gums.
Personally I feel it is unecessary to be put under for this procedure, unless someone has serious anxiety issues with the dentist. Just my opinion, I know it is very common for people to be put under.
It really wasn’t that big a deal. I didn’t feel a thing while it was happening, and just a bit swollen and sore for the next 24 hours. By the 3rd or 4th day I think I was back to eating regular food.
I think a lot of people fear this procedure more than they should, because it’s often the person’s first major dental procedure.
Post # 15
Soft foods that require little to no chewing are best! Also, don’t watch any funny movies – it’s really hard to smile and laugh for a few days.
But really it’s going to vary from person to person. I had 4 wisdom teeth removed in the morning (was knocked out), slept in the early afternoon, and then went to a going away party for a friend in the evening (and was even semi-successful at eating some cake). I had hardly any swelling and no pain. I just couldn’t fully smile or laugh for a few days because of the stiches. Other people I know had more swelling and the pain meds knocked them out for a few days.
Post # 16
I had all mine removed several years. Only one was impacted. I recall I didnt go to work for 2 days and got slightly swollen. I ate lots of bland crap for longer than I shouldve just as a precaution. At the time, all my friends were getting them removed too and I saw infection after infection so I was anal with the recovery.