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Wisdom Teeth: Understanding Extraction and Aftercare

Discovering Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, typically emerge between the ages of 17 and 25. Unfortunately, these teeth often bring issues with them, leading to approximately 5 million extractions each year.


Most individuals opt to remove their wisdom teeth between the ages of 15 and 25 when their tooth roots are not yet fully developed and their jaw bone density is not as high.

Reasons for Wisdom Teeth Extractions

To determine whether you require wisdom teeth removal, your dentist will conduct a comprehensive examination and diagnostic tests such as x-rays or a CT scan. Several reasons may warrant the removal of wisdom teeth. Here are some common ones:

  • Insufficient space in the jaw for the proper emergence of wisdom teeth.
  • Partial or awkward angle emergence of wisdom teeth, which can cause infection.
  • Impacted wisdom teeth damaging the jaw bone or adjacent teeth.

 

Extraction of wisdom teeth, be it for preventive purposes or to relieve existing conditions, can be an effective treatment. Our dentists are eager to address any questions you may have.

The Procedure for Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Typically, a dentist or oral surgeon performs wisdom tooth extractions at the dental office. In the case of a single extraction, local anesthesia may suffice. However, multiple extractions may require general anesthesia or conscious sedation. Your dentist or oral surgeon will discuss the most suitable method for your situation.


If the wisdom tooth is impacted, i.e., still beneath the gum line, the gum tissue at the extraction site will be opened, and the tooth will be gently removed. Sutures (stitches) may be applied by the dentist or oral surgeon to facilitate healing. Following the procedure, you will rest briefly before returning home. Depending on the type of anesthesia used, it is advisable to arrange for someone to drive you.

Post-Wisdom Tooth Extraction Care

Recovery from wisdom teeth removal typically takes a few days. During this period, it is important to rest whenever possible and take any prescribed pain medication. Bleeding at the extraction site(s) is normal and can be managed by gently biting on gauze pads, changing them as needed, and keeping your head elevated on pillows instead of lying flat.


To minimize swelling, your dentist may suggest using an ice pack on the outside of your cheek intermittently (5 minutes on, then 5 minutes off) on the first day after the procedure. Starting on the second day, a warm water-moistened washcloth can provide comfort. Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water a few times a day may also ease any discomfort, as recommended by your dentist.


Soft foods are recommended for a few days after the extractions, and caution should be exercised when brushing or introducing anything into your mouth until complete healing occurs. The dental team will provide you with additional post-operative instructions to ensure your comfort during the healing process.

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