Wisdom Teeth Removal

The third molars or "wisdom teeth" are the very last molars on the top and bottom of your mouth. Most people have all four, but others only have a few. They are the last set of molars to come through, the position they erupt in, will determine whether or not you have to have them removed.

Because they are the last set of molars to erupt, and they don’t erupt until all your teeth have already adjusted, there might not be enough space for them. When there is not enough room they might come out at an angle or impacted, if this happens they must come out. If they come through in an awkward angle, they might push the rest of your teeth forward causing them to become crooked as they shift to let the molars fit in and find space.

If not extracted, wisdom teeth can cause discomfort and pain as well as other problems in the future like infections. A quick visit to the dentist and some X-rays will indicate the dentist the position your wisdom teeth are going to erupt and whether you need to have them extracted or not. The extraction itself requires only one visit, and it can range from a quick extraction to a more complicated surgical extraction.

Pain, discomfort and swelling happen for the first couple days, and it is normal to experience slight bleeding. You need to be very careful to take care of yourself after the extraction as to not dislodge the blood clot to not cause further bleeding. Little to no exercise is recommended after this procedure.

You should not eat any solids or hot beverages during the first couple of days – however, you can make the recovery time a bit easier in order to reduce the pain and swelling. Painkillers can help manage the pain better and also ice not only soothes your mouth but also helps reduce the discomfort.

Your dentist can recommend you eat soft foods such as yogurt, smoothies, apple sauce and also ice-cream and Jell-O are great as they are soft and don't need chewing. The average recovery time can take up from three to four days, up to a week – however, it depends on how the teeth were positioned and the degree of invasive treatment.

If you have been experiencing pain or would like to know more about wisdom teeth extractions, call us at (707) 240-8099 or come visit our practice at 2845 Main St. #102, St. Helena CA, 94574.

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