Wisdom teeth often erupt between the ages of 15 and 25. Some wisdom teeth come in impacted and don’t allow room for your other teeth to grow. Using digital X-rays, our dentist can determine whether or not your wisdom teeth need to be removed.
If your wisdom teeth aren’t fitting in the mouth or have the potential to cause bone problems or gum disease, your wisdom teeth will most likely need to be removed.
When to Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed
We often recommend removing the wisdom teeth before they become visible (partially erupt) in order to avoid infections, gum disease, tumors, and cysts caused by bacteria. Early wisdom tooth removal can also help avoid damage to other teeth. In addition, younger wisdom tooth removal patients have an easier time healing. The removal is done while under anesthesia to keep you comfortable.
What to do After Your Wisdom Teeth are Removed
Following the removal of the wisdom teeth, make sure to gently wash your mouth with warm salt water after eating to avoid infection. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush, continue to brush your teeth twice a day, and also floss once a day. Brush your tongue as well to avoid unpleasant after-tastes and bad breath.
To reduce pain and swelling, place a cold compress or cold, moist cloth over the swollen area. 24 hours after the surgery, use a warm moist cloth instead. The dentist may prescribe medication to help prevent infection and reduce pain.
Remember to take all medication as prescribed. Contact us immediately if:
- The numbness does not go away after a few hours
- You become nauseous or start to vomit
- You experience severe pain, bleeding, swelling, or fever in the extraction area