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Wisdom Tooth Removal


Wisdom teeth can become problematic for adults if they are not removed. As wisdom teeth grow in the back of the mouth, they can commonly cause overcrowding, damage to the surrounding teeth, and are easy to become infected with cavities or infected gum tissue. These issues often arise because access to cleansing them is challenging being so far back in the mouth and tucked into the cheek.

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the third molars in the back of your mouth and are the last teeth that grow.  It is customary that 4 will develop inside one's mouth but it is among the most common congenitally missing teeth, so not to worry if one or all do not appear.

At what age do people get wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth typically erupt from the gum line during one’s late teens into early twenties.

Does everyone have wisdom teeth?

No, some people will not develop wisdom teeth. It is possible that some individuals will only develop two or three wisdom teeth. It is even possible to develop only one!

Why do wisdom teeth need to be removed?

Wisdom teeth can cause tooth crowding and subsequent damage to surrounding teeth. It is possible for teeth to grow in correctly, in which case wisdom teeth removal is not necessary.

What are impacted wisdom teeth?

If there is not enough room for the tooth to grow and develop normally it is considered to be impacted. If there is not enough space, a third molar can be partially impacted and covered by only gum tissue, or fully impacted and covered by bone as well

What are some problems that can arise if I do not remove my wisdom teeth?

If not removed, impacted wisdom teeth are prone to cause damage to the surrounding teeth, cyst growth, are more likely to become infected as well as develop cavities, and can even cause sinus issues.

Can I be sedated during my wisdom teeth removal?

Sedation is commonly used during wisdom teeth removal, especially for those who are nervous or scared of the dentist. It also helps to undergo dental sedation if the patient is removing multiple wisdom teeth at the same time.

What is the recovery period for wisdom teeth extractions?

There is typically a 7-10 day period for full recovery. Actual recovery time following wisdom teeth removal will ultimately vary for each patient.

What should I take to alleviate the pain after my extractions?

After your removal the dentist will provide instructions for post-care, including medications that can be taken to mitigate pain.

Will I have sutures (stitches) where the wisdom teeth were removed?

Stitches are not always needed but if they are used, they will typically dissolve on their own.

What are dry sockets?

When the tooth is fully removed, a hole is formed called a socket. A blood clot will form over the hole in order to protect the nerves underneath. It is possible that the clot will become dislodged which will expose the bone and nerves underneath.

How do I know if I have a dry socket?

Dry socket is categorized by pain that goes through to the ear and cannot be alleviated through traditional pain medication. Patients may also notice unpleasant taste and smell in the mouth. Dry socket usually occurs around 3 to 4 days after the removal of wisdom teeth.

Will I swell after my wisdom teeth are removed?

Swelling is completely normal around the extraction site. Swelling should go down after a couple of days as long as you are following the aftercare routine given to you by your dentist.

Can I brush my teeth after getting my wisdom teeth removed?

Brushing teeth should be avoided for 24 hours after wisdom teeth are removed. After that period, you should be gentle around the surgery area and try to avoid it if possible

What can I eat after my wisdom teeth are removed?

Immediately after the surgery patients should stick with a liquid diet. Following this, patients can move onto soft foods such as yogurts, bananas, and even pasta along with other easy to chew foods. Avoid eating foods that are crunchy, hard, sticky, spicy, or acidic, and anything too hot temperature-wise.

Can I work out after getting my wisdom teeth removed?

It is recommended to wait around 3 to 4 days before engaging in strenuous activities.

Additional questions? Just ask!

Still have questions on wisdom teeth removal?  Feel free to schedule an appointment at any of our Dental365 locations in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey. Contact us at (844) 365-DENTAL for more information or to schedule an appointment.



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