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Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Wisdom Teeth Extraction . What is the age to remove wisdom teeth and what are the reasons for earlier wisdom teeth extraction?


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Wisdom Teeth Extraction FAQ

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last set of molars that typically emerge in the late teens or early twenties. Most people have four wisdom teeth, two in the upper jaw and two in the lower jaw.

Why do wisdom teeth need to be extracted?

Wisdom teeth often need to be extracted if they are impacted (unable to fully erupt), misaligned, or causing crowding, pain, or infection. They can also damage adjacent teeth or cause cysts.

What happens during the extraction procedure?

The procedure typically involves a local anesthetic or sedation to numb the area and keep you comfortable. The dentist or oral surgeon will remove the wisdom teeth using special tools.

How long does recovery take after wisdom teeth extraction?

Recovery usually takes a few days to a week. Swelling and discomfort are common for the first few days, but most people begin to feel better within a few days.

What are the potential risks of wisdom teeth extraction?

Risks include bleeding, infection, dry socket (a painful condition where the blood clot is dislodged from the extraction site), nerve damage, and damage to adjacent teeth. These risks are rare and can be managed with proper care.

What should I eat after wisdom teeth extraction?

Stick to soft foods like soup, yogurt, mashed potatoes, and smoothies for the first few days. Avoid hot, spicy, or crunchy foods that could irritate the extraction site.

Can I brush my teeth after wisdom teeth extraction?

Yes, you can brush your teeth, but be gentle around the extraction site to avoid dislodging the blood clot. Avoid rinsing your mouth vigorously for the first 24 hours.

How can I manage pain after wisdom teeth extraction?

Pain can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Your dentist may also prescribe stronger pain medication if necessary.

What can I do to prevent dry socket?

Avoid drinking through a straw, smoking, or spitting for a few days after the extraction. These actions can dislodge the blood clot and cause dry socket.

When should I contact my dentist after wisdom teeth extraction?

Contact your dentist if you experience severe pain, persistent bleeding, swelling, fever, or signs of infection (such as pus or a foul taste in your mouth).

Can I go back to work or school after wisdom teeth extraction?

Most people take a few days off work or school to recover. The exact time needed varies depending on the individual and the complexity of the extraction.

If you have any further questions about wisdom teeth extraction, your dentist can provide personalized advice and guidance based on your specific situation.