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Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars in the mouth. Most people get these in their late teenage years, or in their early twenties. If they come in properly aligned and healthy, wisdom teeth do not cause a problem. However, this is not usually the case. Wisdom teeth often erupt misaligned, often horizontal or angled.

Why Remove Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are removed to prevent:

  • crowding of teeth
  • A tooth becoming stuck in the jaw causing gum disease
  • Tooth decay in the wisdom teeth (which are harder to clean)

When Should I Get My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Oral surgery is easier on younger patients. The bones are not as dense, and the roots of the wisdom teeth are not as established. Radiographs, x-rays, can help dentist predict if wisdom teeth will cause a problem, even before they have erupted.

Our staff can answer any questions you may have about your wisdom teeth.

Wisdom Teeth Extraction Process

First, a consultation is required to discuss the need for wisdom teeth extraction. Some people need teeth extracted right away to prevent the growth of wisdom teeth disrupting other teeth, and others don’t need any teeth extracted at all. Our dentists will review your medical history and discuss sedation options, depending on the amount of surgery required. After surgery, you will have a follow up appointment 2-3 weeks later to make sure the mouth is healing properly.

What To Expect After Surgery?

Most people have mild discomfort and swelling for a few days and your moth may need a few weeks to heal completely. After surgery, be sure to:

  • Use an ice pack to curb swelling
  • Eat soft foods for a few days
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Take any medications prescribed by your doctor or dentist
  • You can start brushing your teeth the second day
  • Don’t drink through a straw
  • Don’t rinse too harshly or eat hard, crunchy, or sticky foods
  • Don’t smoke

For more information, schedule an exam with us to find out more about your wisdom teeth.

Toothville Family Dentistry | (587) 755-6688