Wisdom teeth are the last to erupt, usually between the ages of 18 to 21. They are located in the back of your mouth, behind your second molars. Precisely, they are the third molars. They play a vital role in chewing and swallowing food. In case they are crooked or impacted, they usually result in pain, hindering your oral capabilities. An impacted or crooked wisdom tooth is one with no room for growth. In short, if it erupts, it cannot grow normally. It will end up growing on top of other teeth, causing crowding.
Impacted or crooked wisdom teeth usually result in gum infection, decay, or even periodontal disease. Dentists always recommend removing crooked or impacted wisdom teeth to avoid gum infections or other diseases. And their extraction process isn’t complicated either. We can help you safely extract crowded wisdom teeth comfortably at Treasure Valley Oral & Facial Surgery. We treat all of our patients individually, with a customized approach, depending on the dental need; in this case, it is the removal of impacted wisdom teeth.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom teeth extraction is a procedure most people will eventually undergo at some point in their lives. It is one of the most commonly performed dental procedures. It involves removing crooked or impacted wisdom teeth by an oral surgeon or a dentist under anesthesia.
However, remember for an impacted tooth to be removed, it must have resulted in partial tooth decay or pain. Or it has triggered periodontal disease affecting your overall oral health. So, before we do wisdom teeth extraction, you should have all the reasons to validate the process.
With the help of anesthesia, we assure you no pain and a smooth wisdom teeth extraction. Foremost, after extracting the affected teeth, we will take the initiative of cleaning the socket and sealing it, to avoid creating a favorable environment for bacteria build-up.
What to Expect After Tooth Extraction
You may experience some swelling in your cheeks, and both sides of your mouth, in the first two days after the extraction. You can place ice packs on your cheeks to relieve the pain.
Similarly, you may experience jaw stiffness lasting up to two weeks. This can affect your eating abilities. You will need to eat only soft foods to avoid reigniting unnecessary pain. You may also experience bad breath accompanied by teeth sensitivity. Stitches may also be evident, although they may dissolve within a few days.
Do’s and Don’ts After Wisdom Tooth ExtractionAfter tooth extraction, there are do’s and don’ts which we advise our patients to abide by. For instance, you should avoid eating hard foods, as they may re-injure the wound, reigniting the pain. The same case is also true with chewy foods. Chewy foods may get stuck in the socket triggering inflammation.
You should also avoid hot or spicy stews as they may ignite pain in the injured gum line. Similarly, brushing your teeth immediately after teeth removal is not recommended. You must be patient and wait at least 24 hours before brushing and flossing.
There are many things we recommend you do after wisdom teeth extraction. Foremost, rest for the remaining part of the day after tooth extraction. Then in your diet, ensure you only take in soft foods. We will also give you ice packs to apply to the swollen part of your gums, to reduce inflammation. Furthermore, ensure you take any medication we have prescribed for you. We guarantee a smooth and fast recovery by abiding by these and many other recommendations after wisdom teeth extraction.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Recovery
You may feel pressure on your teeth while being removed during surgery. After anesthesia, you may experience numbness in your face and lips. These sensations should disappear within a few days after surgery when they are absorbed into the body. In most cases, your body will respond well to remedies given by our dentists, and in case it turns out the other way around, we are available 24/7 for consultation.
How Long Does it Take to Heal After Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Recovery time varies depending on the patient. Some can return to normalcy within a few days of surgery, while others may take a week. However, as per our research, factors like age can affect your recovery duration. For instance, younger patients will recover faster than their older counterparts. However, you don’t have to worry, as in our clinic, we will work with you from start to end. We will ensure you have a smooth recovery process.
Tips for Fast Recovery After Wisdom Teeth Removal
The speed of your recovery depends on the extent of your post-operative pain, the severity of your symptoms, and the medicines we prescribe. Our oral surgeon will provide instructions and effective painkillers to alleviate your pain, ending the inflammation. They will then advise you on effective pain management tips to accelerate recovery. In addition, we will also give you a free periodontal examination to check for any deficiency triggered by wisdom teeth extraction.
To aid your recovery process, ensure you follow the recommendations mentioned above while observing general oral hygiene.
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Contact Us for Your Wisdom Tooth Removal
At Treasure Valley Oral & Facial Surgery, we use the latest technologies to extract crooked and impacted wisdom teeth. We promise you a smooth experience and follow-up to the last moments of treatment. Visit us or call us at (208) 343-0909 to schedule a consultation today.
We are dedicated to ensuring that your oral health needs are met with state-of-the-art surgical and non-surgical dental solutions. From wisdom teeth extraction to implant dentistry, we look forward to serving you and your family with the best dental experience possible.