About Wisdom Teeth Extractions
There’s nothing wise about putting off a wisdom tooth extraction if yours are causing pain or appear to be crowding other teeth. Failing to remove them promptly can result in permanent damage to your other teeth, and even possibly your jaw. Not to worry though, wisdom teeth removal isn’t as scary as many make it out to be.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that come in at the very back of your mouth. They come in between the ages of seventeen and twenty-five. It’s believed that these are a “backup” set. Our early ancestors may have lost their back molars by this age, and wisdom teeth may have been needed.
Unfortunately, with our levels of dental care, our back molars are usually perfectly healthy when this third set starts coming in. They might thus crowd the mouth or come in at the wrong angle. As a result, wisdom teeth extraction may necessary.
When Should You Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?
That will be something to speak to our dentist about. Here are the most common reasons for wisdom teeth removal. In some instances, they may be removed as a purely precautionary measure.
- Impaction: This is often a cause of wisdom teeth pain. What happens is that the teeth are so far to the back of your mouth that they can’t come in as normal. This can result in them being trapped in the gums or jawbone causing pain.
- Your mouth is too small: You might not have space for another set of molars.
- They’ve grown the wrong way: This is also another cause of pain. They might be exerting pressure on the rest of the teeth at the back of your mouth.
- You have gum disease or cavities: It’s difficult to clean that far back in your mouth. It might be deemed necessary to remove them for hygienic reasons.
It’s best to consult our dentist as soon as possible when your wisdom teeth start coming in. The younger you are when they’re removed, the easier recovery will be. You’ll also be saving yourself a lot of pain in the future.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Recovery Tips
Wisdom teeth extraction pain is mostly due to swelling and bruising. A good tip is to take Arica tablets for at least two weeks before the surgery. Stop taking them two days before surgery as they can reduce the blood’s clotting factors. This tip will reduce the bruising substantially.
Aside from that, you can use an ice pack to help reduce the swelling. If your jaw does ache, apply moist heat. It may sound a little counter-intuitive, but it's essential to open and close your mouth gently as soon as possible a few times a day. This helps to exercise your jaw.
You’ll need to stick to softer foods, like rice, soup, or pasta. You can start eating regularly again once the cuts have healed over. You should drink a lot of fluids. Our dentist will prescribe painkillers.
You will be advised to rinse your mouth with salt water to reduce the chances of infection and speed up the healing process. Do call our office if you start developing a fever and don't use harsh mouthwashes.
The pain and swelling should start improving from the second day if it doesn’t, give us a call.
You can brush your teeth gently the second day after your surgery. Do be careful not to brush over the area operated on.
Sip liquids from a glass, not a straw. That could cause the clot to loosen which increases the time it takes to heal. Other than that, just take it easy and be gentle with your mouth. It won’t be long before it heals.