Wisdom teeth at Your Dentistree
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to come through inside the mouth. As a result, this usually happens in your late teens or twenties. However, in some cases it can be later on in life. When there’s insufficient space for them to come through, consequently they become impacted. Typically wisdom teeth can remain fully or partially below the gum line.
What are the symptoms?
- Pain and tenderness in the jaw
- Swelling around the tooth and gum
- Degrading of neighbouring teeth
- Bad breath
- Food packing
Why are wisdom teeth extracted?
The jaw can often be too narrow to accommodate all 32 teeth present. If there isn’t enough space for wisdom teeth to come through, they can protrude at an angle. For that reason, they can push on adjacent teeth, create pain and irritate the gums or cheeks. If this occurs it’s known as impaction and can lead to decay, gum infection, or damage to other teeth.
How does wisdom teeth removal work?
At Your Dentistree we take the time to discuss all factors for your peace of mind. First of all, before any treatment we make sure the tooth is completely numb. We also have the options of sedation or sleep dentistry when desired for your complete comfort. If necessary a referral to the hospital specialist can be arranged on your behalf. At Your Dentistree we use the latest technologies, sutures, and materials to improve the healing process.
How long will recovery take?
For the first few days some swelling and bleeding is expected and very common. As a result, over the counter pain medication can help alleviate any discomfort you may experience.
Finally, the following steps will be beneficial after the procedure:
- For the first 24 hours avoid applying pressure or suction to the wound site
- Eat soft food
- Drink plenty of water
- Rinse with warm salt water
- Avoid vigorous activity for the remainder of the day following the procedure
- Apply ice onto the cheek
You may also be interested to read about Extractions.