Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that most people develop. Most adults have four wisdom teeth, but this can vary. Wisdom teeth usually emerge in the late teens or early 20s.
The structure of someone's mouth and jaw often determines whether wisdom teeth grow properly. Wisdom teeth often don't grow in properly, or they might grow in at an odd angle. This can result in pain, swelling, and other problems.
When are wisdom teeth removed?
An oral surgeon or general dentist may recommend that wisdom teeth be removed if they are likely to cause problems.
Wisdom teeth can get stuck along the gum line or only partially erupt through the gums. This can lead to pain, swelling, and infection. They may also crowd the other teeth, making them harder to clean and causing decay.
What should I expect at my wisdom teeth removal appointment?
Before your procedure, we will review your medical history, take X-rays, and perform a complete examination. Once we've determined your wisdom teeth have erupted and the tooth roots have fully formed, we will discuss the removal procedure with you. We will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for your procedure, including guidelines on eating, drinking, and smoking.
What are my options after wisdom teeth removal?
After your wisdom teeth have been extracted, it is crucial that you take good care of your mouth. Here are some important tips to follow after wisdom tooth extraction.
- Use ice packs to reduce swelling. Ice packs help reduce swelling, which can keep you more comfortable after extraction. Use ice packs for the first 36 hours after your procedure.
- Avoid touching your extraction sites. After your wisdom teeth have been extracted, avoid touching the extraction sites. This can help prevent infection and speed up the healing process.
- Stick to soft foods. After your wisdom teeth have been extracted, stick to soft foods while your mouth heals. Eat foods like mashed potatoes, pudding, yogurt, and soup. These foods can help soothe the pain and help you feel more comfortable as you heal.
At Dynamic Dental Services, we offer the best dental care possible to each of our patients in a positive and relaxing environment. If you're ready to experience the best dental care, please contact us at (773) 538-6191 or visit us at 5401 S. WENTWORTH AVE. #200, Chicago, IL 60609.