are wisdom teeth?
called third molars, wisdom teeth
usually make their first appearance
in young adults between the ages
of 15 to 25. Because most mouths
are too small for these four additional
molars, an extraction procedure,
sometimes immediately after they
surface, is often necessary.
are "impacted wisdom teeth?"
dental terminology an "impacted
tooth" refers to a tooth that
has failed to emerge fully into
its expected position. This failure
to erupt properly may occur either
because there is not room enough
in the jaw for the tooth, or because
the angulation of the tooth is improper.
should wisdom teeth be removed?
following symptoms may indicate
that the wisdom teeth have erupted
and surfaced, and should be removed
before they become impacted -- meaning,
the teeth have surfaced and have
no room in the mouth to grow. However,
each individual may experience symptoms
differently. Symptoms may include:
- infection in the mouth
- facial swelling
- swelling of the gumline in the
back of the mouth
Most oral health specialists will
recommend an immediate removal of
the wisdom teeth, as early removal
will help to eliminate problems,
such as an impacted tooth that destroys
the second molar. According to the
Australian Dental Association, third
molar impaction is the most prevalent
medical developmental disorder.
problems are often associated with
impacted third molars?
bacteria and plaque build-up
- cysts development (a fluid-filled
- tumor development
- jaw and gum disease
is involved in the extraction procedure?
tooth extraction surgery involves
removing the gum tissue that presides
over the tooth, gently detaching
the connective tissue between the
tooth and the bone, removing the
tooth, and suturing the opening
in the gumline.
Can I Expect During the Healing
the normal healing process, you
may experience initial swelling
and discomfort in your gums and
jaw, making it wise to plan ''taking
it easy'' for a few days after the
surgery. Discomfort and swelling
can be relieved by placing ice packs
on your face. We may also prescribe
pain medication to increase your
comfort during the healing process
and antibiotics if necessary. Other
things you can do to help with the
healing process include:
Drink lots of liquids and limit
your diet to soft foods after the
o Avoid hard or crunchy foods for
at least two weeks.
o Avoid brushing the teeth next
to the ones that were removed until
at least a day after surgery. When
you do begin brushing the area again,
be very gentle so as not to disturb
the blood clot that forms in the
socket. For the same reason, don
not rinse your mouth vigorously,
smoke, spit forcefully or drink
from a straw during the healing
o Avoid alcohol the day of surgery
and do not mix with pain medications.
o Call us if you have fever, persistent
and severe pain, excessive swelling
or bleeding, or any adverse reaction
to your medication.
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