Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars in adults that usually emerge during the late teens or early twenties. For some people, wisdom teeth will grow in like other molars without any issues. For others, wisdom teeth might not be able to grow due to crowding or gum issues. In this case, you may require wisdom teeth removal. Thankfully, this is a very common dental procedure and your family dentist should be able to remove your wisdom teeth. With timely wisdom teeth removal, you can avoid complications down the road due to teeth overcrowding or damage to your jaw, surrounding teeth, or nerves.
Signs Your Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed
Common signs that your wisdom teeth are growing in and may need to be removed include discomfort in the back of the mouth. This may be accompanied by irritation, swelling, or pain in the gums and teeth surrounding the emerging molars. If you notice this discomfort or pain, it is time to contact your family dentist to organize a consultation and a wisdom teeth removal procedure.
What to Expect After Wisdom Teeth Removal
Similar to other sedation dentistry procedures, wisdom teeth removal will require both pre-and post-surgery care. Following your wisdom teeth surgery, some swelling, bleeding, and pain is completely normal. Your dentist will put gauze over the removal site for the first several hours to help to stop the majority of the bleeding. You will then likely be recommended to take over the counter pain medication for the first few days following your procedure to assist with pain management. Due to the surgical site being in your mouth, you will also be unable to brush your teeth for several days. Instead, your dentist will recommend a warm salt rinse to help to clean the wound and the mouth, without disturbing the stitches. For the first day or two following the procedure, you will likely experience swelling and inflammation in the jaw and cheek area. This can be managed by icing the area on and off for 15 minutes throughout the day.
Due to the site of the removal being in your mouth, for the first few days following your procedure you will need to avoid solid foods. Many patients stick to soft foods such as soup, scrambled eggs, ice cream, and other comfort foods. You are also discouraged from drinking liquids through a straw as the sucking motion can disturb the stitches.
Finally, if any of the symptoms persist longer than a week after your procedure or if you notice they are worsening, contact your dentist.
Wisdom Teeth Removal With The Mackenzie Dental Centre
For sedation dentistry and wisdom teeth removal in the GTA, visit the professionals at The Mackenzie Dental Centre. Dr. Pedvis has over 25 years of experience and is a family and cosmetic dentist who provides comprehensive dental services to families in the Vaughan, Woodbridge, and Maple areas. To learn more or to book a wisdom tooth consultation, contact Dr. Pedvis at 905-417-8700.
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