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A common surgery that teens go through is to have the wisdom teeth removed. It’s often done later in the teen years and is normally an easy procedure to recover from, but there are a few things that you want to keep in mind about what to eat and how to care for the mouth after the surgery. Your teen might be anxious about the procedure, which is normal. There are a few strategies that you can use to prepare your teen for the surgery to ease worries and concerns.
Educate Your Teen
Talk about their wisdom teeth and why they need to be removed. Discuss that your going to a professional, like those at Renovo Endodontic Studio, who have training in the procedure. There are several videos online that you can watch together so that your teen understands the process and what to expect. Discuss how the mouth should be cleaned after the surgery and any foods that need to be avoided. You should also talk about the benefits of not having wisdom teeth. Address any concerns that your teen has at this time so that you’re both prepared for the day of the surgery.
Visit The Office
One of the ways that you can prepare your teen for wisdom teeth extraction is to visit the surgeon and the office to see the procedure room and the equipment used. You want your teen to be comfortable with the doctor. Allow your teen to ask as many questions as needed to get a better understanding of what to expect when you arrive at the office and what to expect during the extraction. Your teen can learn about the equipment that will be used and any medications that will be used as well. This is a time when you can both ask questions about what to wear that day and how your teen might feel right after going home.
Plan For Recovery
Prepare for when your teen comes home from surgery by stocking up on foods that can be enjoyed and medications that will be needed for pain. Sometimes, the doctor will prescribe an antibiotic to prevent an infection. Set up an area on the couch for your teen to rest after getting home. Consider getting a few books to read or a few videos to watch to keep your teen entertained along with any school assignments that your teen might miss.
Extracting the wisdom teeth might seem intimidating for your teen, but it’s usually a simple procedure. Talk about what will happen so that you’re both prepared. If you’re both prepared mentally and with all of the items that you need at home, then your teen should be fine throughout the process.