Get Wise About Your Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, normally erupt in your late teens or early twenties. These teeth are often misaligned; they may angle outward or inward or grow horizontally, crowding other teeth. If they can’t erupt, they are considered impacted wisdom teeth. Trapped inside the soft tissues of the mouth, impacted molars easily become infected and cause pain, swelling and general illness. Wisdom teeth pain may be a sign of serious problems. Partially impacted wisdom teeth can be difficult to brush and floss, and they’re more prone to decay.
In many cases, wisdom teeth removal is the best solution. Your dentist can take X-rays to determine the position and health of your wisdom teeth. If removal of a fully erupted wisdom tooth is indicated, it can be extracted like any other tooth.
If you have impacted wisdom teeth, you may be referred to an oral surgeon. Impacted wisdom teeth that are embedded in the jawbone are usually removed in small sections after an incision is made in the gums. Depending on how complex the procedure is, wisdom teeth removal may require oral sedatives, nitrous oxide, or even general anesthesia along with application of a local anesthetic.
What to Expect after Wisdom Teeth Removal
After wisdom teeth removal you may experience pain, swelling, or bleeding. Antibiotics may be prescribed to prevent infection. Biting down on a piece of gauze can help stop bleeding, ice may be applied to reduce facial swelling, and pain can be controlled with medications. You’ll probably need to adopt a liquid or soft food diet for several days while you recover. Follow all your dentist’s instructions carefully to get the best results.
It may take several weeks or even months for complete healing to occur, but your mouth should be relatively comfortable within a week or two. Report any unusual, continuing, or worsening symptoms to your dentist or oral surgeon promptly.
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