Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that are the last to develop in your mouth. They typically appear from the ages of 17-25. Wisdom teeth management is not to be ignored. They can become infected and damage nearby teeth. In some cases, wisdom teeth are functional, painless and require no extraction. It’s important to pay attention, and ask questions to your dentist and oral surgeon.
How are Wisdom Teeth Extracted?
Wisdom teeth can be extracted with ease depending on their stage of development. A wisdom tooth that is impacted or unable to break through the gums will need an incision in order to properly remove the bone. An impacted wisdom tooth can bring in bacteria which can lead to infection or illness. If the tooth has fully broken through the gums, it can be easily removed just like any other tooth.
What are the Risks?
Some risks you may experience include:
- Non-stop bleeding
- Numbness in your lips and mouth due to the anesthetic
- Pain and swelling in your gums and facial region
- Dry socket- sore inflammation caused by a blood clot that has been displaced or disappeared before the incision has had a chance to recover completely
Wisdom Teeth Extraction After Care
In addition to risk factors, you’ll have to limit solid foods for the first four to five days. Stick with an all liquid diet such as soup, yogurt, pudding, and smoothies. Make sure you don’t drink from a straw in order to keep blood clots from loosening. After the fourth or fifth day, you can transition to a soft food diet. This means eggs, pasta, mashed potatoes, etc. Be gentle when brushing and flossing. We recommend warm salt water rinses to clean the wound.
When we are preparing for an extraction, our sedation dentists will decide which level of sedation will be necessary for your procedure. If you feel comfortable with one type of sedation rather than another, we can work to accommodate your preferences.
To schedule a consultation with one of the dentists at Oral Health Center and learn more about wisdom teeth management, call us today at (801)-969-1800!