Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth to develop and appear in your mouth. They come in between the ages of 17 and 25. Wisdom teeth either come through the gums (called erupting) or they are blocked (which is called impaction). Impaction can vary in severity, from gum tissue blockage to complete bone coverage.
Generally, Wisdom Teeth Should be Surgically Removed When There Are:
- Infections and/or periodontal (gum) disease
- Cavities that can’t be restored
- Cysts, tumors or other pathologies
- Damage to neighboring teeth or cause adjacent tooth movement or dental crowding.
- Not enough room in the mouth for wisdom teeth to function properly and be easily cleaned,
What to Expect
Gum tissue will be elevated so that the teeth can be accessed, as bone removal is usually needed. Depending on the size and position of the wisdom teeth, they may need to be removed in sections. Resorbable stitches usually are necessary. General anesthesia or IV sedation is usually used in wisdom teeth removal.
The stitches will dissolve on their own in about 5 to 10 days. Use gauze to control bleeding the first day. You will be given pain medication. Ice packs can be used for the first three days to minimize swelling. You may need to take antibiotics to prevent infection. You will need to eat a special diet of soft foods until it becomes comfortable to eat regularly. Moist heat beginning on day three or four will help loosen the chewing muscles. You should be able to resume normal activities after a few days of rest.