21 Struggles of getting your wisdom tooth removed

21 Struggles of getting your wisdom tooth removed


If you follow me on twitter you MIGHT be aware that last week I had my wisdom tooth removed. Although I kept it pretty quiet….*rolls eyes*

Now I don’t like to be overly dramatic but it really was one of the worst things I’ve ever experienced.

Before surgery I read SO many articles about how it was such a standard procedure and the recovery time would be minimal. I believed I would be fine in a few days. I’d survive on ice cream and I might get ‘hamster cheeks’ but it would be no-biggie.

Well it was not the ice-cream binge of happiness I expected.

Coincidentally, my friend Vicky (who wrote this amazing body positive guest post) had her wisdom tooth taken out the day after mine so we were in the same horrible and rather swollen boat.

We wanted to put together an honest and tongue-in-chic post about what it was like (pardon the pun.) Maybe it will help some people, maybe it will scare some others. Sorry if it’s the latter. Without further ado, here’s some of the things we noticed:

Local anesthetic is amazing and you won’t feel a thing

I was terrified about the actual procedure, but after a few injections into my gum I couldn’t feel a thing. You can however feel the dentists (yes plural, I needed THREE) leaning on you while they struggle to yank out your tooth.


For goodness sake, shut your eyes during the surgery. You don’t need to see the size of the injection, the drill or the scrapey tool they use to get the tooth root out, do you? Out of sight, out of mind.

It sounds like they are breaking your jaw

Cracking the tooth creates a horrible noise that sounds like your jaw is broken. Apparently, it’s because your wisdom tooth is located so near to your ear so that the cracking sound is amplified.

You need to stock up on painkillers

Go to the chemist before surgery and buy a week-long supply of ibuprofen, paracetamol and even codeine if your surgery is really complicated like mine was. Take the first lot before the anesthetic starts to wear off and then alternate between them every two hours.

You can’t brush your teeth for 24 hours’ post-surgery

This isn’t that bad because your mouth will be so sore anyway so you won’t want to brush. But it is pretty gross if you have to go somewhere (like work) the next day (like I did).

You might bleed loads, or you might not bleed at all

I was lucky and stopped bleeding right after surgery, but Vicky said she continued to bleed for a few days. Both are normal, but if you are really worried call NHS 111 or your dentist.

DO NOT dislodge the blood clot

Basically, a little blood clot forms in your mouth to protect the exposed bone and prevent something called Dry Socket. You aren’t allowed to do anything to dislodge this, including moving your head up and down, moving suddenly, using a straw or spitting.

Frozen peas are a lifesaver

You have no idea how soothing a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a tea towel will feel. Peas are the best because you can mould them around the shape of your jaw.

You can’t eat solid food for days

On the leaflet, they tell you it’s for the first day, but I struggled to eat real food until a week had passed. You also can’t eat anything small that could get stuck in the wound like rice, lentils or peas.

Healing is worse than the actual surgery

I took a snapchat after surgery feeling rather pleased and smug that I had got through it. OH, HOW I WAS WRONG. The real fun doesn’t start until day 2.

Your face will swell

The dentist told me I might get hamster cheeks which made it sound cute and a bit fun. In reality, swelling is painful and looks horrible. It doesn’t start till day 2 and doesn’t peak until day 3 or 4.

You can’t eat hot food

Hot food upsets the wound.

You can’t eat cold food

Everyone’s like “oh you can just eat ice cream” but you actually can’t. It’s too cold, and guess what? It upsets the wound.

It takes away all the joys of food and eating

The fact you have to adopt a bizarre liquid diet, coupled with the process of brushing your teeth after every meal and also rinsing with salt water takes all the fun out of eating. The worst part? You can’t comfort eat to make yourself feel better!

The word ‘dry socket’ will haunt you like a Dementor

The words still send shivers down my spine.

You have to sleep with stacked pillows

To keep your head elevated, you must sleep upright, aka be really uncomfortable. You also don’t want to roll over in the night and accidentally put pressure on that side of your mouth. Ouch.

You might taste blood in your mouth for days

This is normal, but it’s pretty gross because you can’t spit it out.

All you want to do is touch the wound with your tongue….

Which is exactly what you shouldn’t do. You could damage the stitches, get the area infected, or dislodge the blood clot which means one thing; DRY SOCKET!

Dissolvable stitches are gross…

And they look like bits of weetabix in your mouth after a few days. Ew. Sorry guys.

You can’t exercise until you’re healed

For the first few days you can’t do anything that gets your blood pressure up, even brisk walking, then afterwards you feel too crappy to do any exercise. It’s a very boring healing process.

It does get better and you’ll be normal again

At some point during the healing process you will wonder whether you will ever feel normal again, but I promise you will after a week or so.

Hope you enjoyed this TMI post. If you’re having your wisdom tooth out good luck and remember you won’t be in pain for ever!