I just had two of my wisdom teeth out about two weeks ago. They were both impacted, but I didn’t have any kind of infection. I’m still in pain from jaw and muscle issues, but that’s something else entirely. I highly suggest having general anesthesia (I know it’s expensive, but for me it was worth it). I hate the vibration of the dental drill, and for wisdom teeth they usually have to break the teeth into pieces to get them out.
My suggestions for what to do and how to deal after the surgery:
Take pain meds if you need them, before it gets too bad. Get your prescriptions filled ahead of time so you have your drugs on hand when you need them. Also, ice your face with an ice pack or frozen veggies the first day. This will help with swelling. Sleep as much as you can. Make sure to rent movies ahead of time or you will be really bored. I wasn’t able to read while hopped up on vicodin, so I was glad to have movies around.
If you are taking strong stuff, like Vicodin, make sure you eat something before taking it. It’s no fun to take Vicodin on an empty tummy. If you have lots of muscle/jaw pain like I have had, take advil/ibuprofen, too.
Foods I lived on for over a week included yogurt, rice pudding, ice cream and soy ice cream, mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs with tiny bits of vegetables in them, other pudding, instant noodle soup (thai, not ramen, but that’s my preference) and applesauce. It’s bland and not much fun, but if you’re like me and are having your bottom teeth out, your jaw will probably swell. So even if you aren’t in pain, it will still be hard to get a full forkfull of anything in your mouth for a while. Also, get stuff for smoothies. My oral surgeon advised me not to drink anything through a straw for the first few days as the suction isn’t good for the stitches, but after that you can drink smoothies through a straw with no problem. Chewing will be hard for the first few days because the tissues will be swollen. Also, your bite might not feel right, which also makes it hard to chew.
Try to keep your mouth as clean as you can after the first couple of days. You will likely get a REALLY foul taste/smell in your mouth on or about day 3-4. This is from bits of food decomposing that you can’t get to, from plaque and bacteria on the stitches, and the smell/taste that the blood clots give off. Once the doctor gives you the water syringe, use it religiously. It hurts to get food in the holes. Before that, try gargling and swishing with warm salt water.
Most people don’t have the extended pain problems that I’ve gone through. I bet my liver and kidneys have that red advil coating on them now; I’m surprised they’re still working. I hope that your surgery goes well and you’re through it quickly and easily