Wisdom Teeth: Don’t Panic! Here’s What Happens On Day 1

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Y’all, my wisdom teeth have been bothering me for about 10 years. I wish I could say that I let the pain go on this long because I was too busy, but that would be a lie. I was just a grown-*@$ scaredy cat.  Thanks to the awesome pep-talk from the surgeon, I ended up feeling like less of a little wimp after being told what to expect.Turns out there wasn’t much to be afraid of after all. Because of that, I wrote this post to help any other newbies feel a little less anxious!


5 Things To Expect When You First Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed



It feels like Menopause came early! I really thought someone turned up the temperature after my procedure was done, but not. It was just me. Your body gets hot quick afterwards because of the anesthesia. But don’t be alarmed. It went away after a day or so for me.

Day one doesn’t hurt, it just feels really numb. Its pretty awkward not being able to feel your chin, lip, teeth, gums, or tongue. But, that is way better than the pain you could have felt! It gets pretty interesting when you go to drink or eat something. Mac and cheese and mashed potatoes were my best friends. And yes – I did slobber everywhere and drip gravy on my shirt. TMI? Oh well! I’m just keeping it real and giving you a heads up. This isn’t the best time to invite your new boo over to “take care of you”. Thank God Anthony has seen far more embarrassing things in our relationship! haha



You sleep like a panda bearAww panda bears. But, no seriously. You can be like me and try to fight it, but honestly there is no use. You will pass out and thats okay. Consider it a day of beauty rest! Lord knows you’ll need it with those puffy cheeks and droopy eyes.



You will feel a hundred pounds heavier! But, other than your swollen face, you won’t look it. Something about the anesthesia weights you down all day. Its great to have someone you can lean on to help you feel more balanced as you walk around.



Nausea is normal. If you ever get sea sickness or motion sickness, expect to be a little nauseous. It wasn’t bad enough to make me feel sick, but it definitely made me want to sit down a lot. Eating a good bit of food and drinking lots of liquids helps as well. My doctor recommended that I drank 2 quarts of liquid per day. They made me take a pill to dry out my mouth before the surgery so I was more than happy to guzzle  some sweet tea afterwards. He also recommended that I drink sweet drinks to clear out the taste of antibiotic. Just steal clear of OJ and carbonated drinks for a day. That’s right – No Le Croix or Perrier for you. Be bougie some other day!



I hope these helped you get a better insight into what it feels like right after you surgery. If you’re anything like me, you like to know what to expect ahead of time so that you don’t freak out when the time comes. If you’ve had this procedure done, and think that I forgot anything, help some sisters out and put your tips in the comments below!




Here’s a video from my Snapchats from yesterday. I wasn’t nearly as delirious as some of the other videos that win the internet! Oh, and if you aren’t already, follow me to keep up with all shenanigans!



…and yes. I am going to work today! haha



Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, dentist, or surgeon. These are simply my experiences with getting my wisdom teeth removed. While they are meant to help, they are also meant to make you smile! #NotDrGinger

Ginger Marie

I'm a thirty-something lifestyle blogger who tries not to take life too seriously. I think laughing and running are the cure to everything especially when its done in a new city. I think a balanced diet is important, and that they're much easier when they include chocolate. :)

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  1. My biggest advice for those getting their wisdom teeth removed is to eat! Make yourself eat something., pudding, soup, or whatever because those meds will kick your butt and make your dry heave if you don’t. Hard lesson learned.

    1. That is by far what I’m struggling with the most! Sound was good at first but i’m getting tired of it already! haha

      1. I agree with Aimee! I didn’t eat, not even soup. I took my meds – passed out for several hours and woke up feeling like death was knocking at my door. Luckily they are all out and I don’t ever have to go through that again. No thank you! I hope you are healing well! 🙂

    2. I had that two! Throw up all Jell-O and water I drank and are horrible part.

  2. I had mine out in the 7th grade! Mine was an extraction, because they hadn’t grown in yet. My recommendation is to get the anti-nausea shot. My dad and his brothers all get really sick from anesthesia, so it helped me tons! I did moan like a baby though, haha. I’ll tell you more about it in person, next time I see ya!
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    1. You are better than me! I was so afraid to get it done lol! But yes, we will swap horror stories next time we’re together. Not that I have any from this procedure yet haha

  3. You sleep like a panda bear…ha! Good to know!

  4. BAHAHAHA Straws are for rich people….you always crack me up!!!

  5. I am still waiting on mine to be removed. Maybe this summer. Thanks for sharing Not Dr. Ginger. It did make me smile!

  6. I had two of my mine taken out and it was NO fun. I cant imagine taking all of them out at once. I need to eat yo. Glad you went through with it!

  7. Getting one pulled out about sent me to the looney bin! I hate the dentist! Loved your post!

  8. Great tips and advice! I have definitely been in full blown Panda Mode. Along with having a serious Kanye west jaw line!

  9. […] To read more about what to expect on day 1 of surgery, head over to my friend Ginger’s blog. […]

  10. Thank you!! I go in at 8:30am tomorrow. I, like you have put this off for YEARS!! Your post made me feel better. 🙂

    1. Oh darling don’t worry one bit! I was SO nervous but afterwards was like uhhh is that it? It was my first time being “put to sleep”. I couldn’t even believe it happened so quickly!

  11. I have worked in a dental office for 30 years and I think you did a good job of explaining the first day! Only thing I would change is your panorex ( X-ray) it’s up side down. Hope all went well on day 2!

  12. Got my wisdom teeth out yesterday. Thanks for keeping it real!

    1. Haha any time, girl. Honestly I was doped up on the meds the dr gave to me at the time. But nevertheless, this has become quite the popular post.

  13. Hi,
    As a recent wisdom tooth removal patient, this was a fun read. It’s been about 10 days and my holes still aren’t fully closed up yet and I’m still using the dreaded syringe. I can’t wait to get back to eating non-mushy food, thanks for sharing!

    1. I’m glad you’re doing well! Patience is key whne it comes to these bad boys!!

  14. I see you posted this a while ago…but I’m getting mine removed tomorrow AM and definitely feeling anxious/nervous for the same exact reasons you did. Thank you for this post it def made me feel better <3

    1. I hate that I’m just now seeing this. How did it go? I bet you did great!

  15. Thanks for posting this! I’m getting all of mines out in 4 days suddenly and trying to prepare myself as much as I can! (I have a very very low pain tolerance 😬)

  16. Getting mine out tomorrow 😭 I’m not as scared of the procedure as I am the recovery. It has not occurred to me until now that I won’t get to eat real food for several weeks (obviously I knew for a few days I couldn’t) and I feel wildly unprepared.

  17. Having to get a wisdom tooth extraction in Seton is very common, and nothing to be afraid of. Often times, the anxiety leading up to your wisdom tooth extraction in Cranston is a lot worse than the actual procedure itself. As mentioned in this blog, taking the rest you need and making sure to follow aftercare instructions will make healing a lot easier. With lots of TLC, you should be feeling back to your normal self within a few days of receiving a wisdom tooth extraction near you.

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