Wisdom Teeth Removal or Extraction
Wisdom teeth usually erupt from the gum between the age of 16 to 25. They are the last molar teeth in the back of the mouth. Some people never develop wisdom teeth and others have up to four-one in each corner of the mouth. Wisdom teeth usually cause no problem and have minimal chewing function. They are described as impacted when there is not enough space for them at the back of the mouth. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, swelling, infection, cyst formation, and damage to adjacent teeth next to them. If the gum around the wisdom tooth is swollen, the jaw may become stiff and sore. Infection in the back of the mouth can cause bad breath and a bad taste. CDG dentists will determine if you are a good and safe candidate indicating for wisdom teeth removal.
What to expect afterward?
You will be expected to have some discomfort for the first three days. Remember to take your medication as directed. Do not rinse vigorously for the first 48 hours as this may disturb the blood clot that are part of healing process. After meals, rinse gently with warm salt water (one teaspoon of table salt to a glass of water).
You should keep your tooth brush away from the extraction area for the first couple of days, but brush the rest of the teeth as you normally would. Remember to return to the office in 10 days to remove your stitches as this could cause infection if left too long in your mouth.