Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Removed? Here’s What You Need To Know

tooth extractionsEvery year, 5 million U.S. teenagers and young adults have their wisdom teeth removed. Although tooth extractions like these are common oral procedures, wisdom teeth extraction is still major oral surgery.

That said, it’s important that you get the recommended amount of rest after your surgery and that you follow the instructions of your oral surgeon to a T.

To help put you at ease for your surgery and to make sure you’re properly informed, here are a few things you need to know about getting your wisdom teeth removed.

You’ll need to bring someone with you

Whether you have your license or not, you’ll need to bring someone with you to your oral surgeon’s office on the day of your surgery. This is because you’ll be medicated during your surgery and it’ll take a little while for the effects to wear off.  Minors under the age of 18 are required to have a parent or guardian on the day of surgery.

You will receive general anesthetic via an IV catheter and be placed into a safe and relaxing sleep.  You’ll also receive a local anesthetic first to numb the area of the extractions.

Everyone reacts differently to anesthesia, so it’s recommended to have someone come with you to drive you home. The effects of the medication will wear off within a few hours after the procedure.

You’ll need to keep your head raised.

Rest is important after your wisdom teeth removal, but it’s also important to keep your head raised. This will help to reduce the swelling in your face because it keeps your fluids from going to your head.

After approximately 72 hours, the swelling will begin to subside. It also helps to apply a cold compress to the swollen area during the first 24 hours.

Resist the urge to brush your teeth

You’ll want to avoid brushing your teeth for the first day after your surgery. That includes rinsing and spitting, too. The pressure from your toothbrush can cause problems with your stitches.

If the feeling of your unbrushed teeth really bothers you, you can use a damp cloth and gently wipe your tongue and carefully around the inside of your mouth. You can also use gauze to absorb any blood from your surgery.

Do you need wisdom teeth removal or other tooth extractions?

Tooth extractions are a common practice, especially wisdom teeth removal. An estimated 10 million wisdom teeth are extracted every year, according to the American Public Health Association

If you need your wisdom teeth extracted and you’re looking for a consultation, East Mississippi Oral and Facial Surgery has the professional oral surgeons you need. To learn more about how we treat tooth pain, our wisdom teeth removal procedures, or our TMJ treatments, contact East Mississippi Oral and Facial Surgery today.

TMJ Treatment To Help Relieve Pain

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the name for each joint (right and left) that connects your jaw to your skull. When the joints of the jaw and the chewing muscles do not work together correctly, symptoms like pain or a “clicking” sound occur.

Since some types of TMJ problems can lead to more serious conditions, early detection and TMJ treatment are important.

If you have trouble opening your mouth wide, suffer from jaw pain, hear a clicking or grating noise when you open your mouth, use the following list to help relieve some of the pain:

1. Apply Heat To The Area Of The Joint

Applying heat to the area of the joint can reduce pain and relax the muscles. For heat, apply to the area for 15-20 minutes.

2. Take Over-The-Counter Pain Relievers

If your pain is too excruciating, taking Advil, Motrin, Aleve or other over the counter anti-inflammatory medications drugs can help. Short-term use of over these medicines can reduce joint and muscle pain.

3. Massage The Jaw and Neck Muscles

Use your fingers and provide a constant, circular motion against the joints and muscles that are most affected by the TMJ pain. Doing this improves blood flow and removes the irritating materials resulting in some pain relief.

4. Eat Soft Foods and Avoid Chewing Gum

Avoid chewing gum, jelly candies or any hard food such as ice or hard candies when big bites are necessary. Chewing gum and hard foods put a strain on the temporomandibular joints, and the muscles surrounding these joints and wear them down.

5. Relax The Jaw

A splint (or nightguard) fits over your top or bottom teeth and helps keep your teeth apart, thereby relaxing the muscles and reducing pain. A nightguard helps you stop clenching or grinding your teeth and reduces muscle tension at night.


If you are one of the million people who suffer pain from TMJ, avoid chewing gum, relax the jaw, massage the jaw, apply ice or heat, or take over the counter pain relievers to help with TMJ treatment. If the pain is extreme, contact the oral surgeons at East Mississippi Oral & Facial Surgery, LLC at 601-485-2494 today.