Wisdom Teeth 101

Commonly known as wisdom teeth, these troublesome teeth are third year molars that usually begin to appear during the ages of 17 to 25. While your wisdom teeth are growing in, they can cause severe discomfort and many other dental issues, such as overcrowding and even jaw stiffness.

If your wisdom teeth are bothering you, make sure to visit us so we can accurately evaluate your situation. By using an x-ray machine, we can determine whether your teeth are impacted. This condition occurs when there is no room in your gum line for your wisdom teeth to emerge, forcing them to remain below the surface causing pain and inflammation.

Surgery may be necessary to remove the impacted wisdom teeth to ensure the rest of your mouth remains healthy and you remain pain-free. After wisdom tooth extraction surgery, it is important to follow our advice carefully. Here are the procedures we recommend:

Directly After the Surgery:

  1. Make sure to have someone available to be with you during your visit because you will feel lethargic after the surgery.
  2.  Keep the gauze on your teeth clean because bleeding can occur for a couple of hours following surgery. Changing the gauze frequently helps keep the wound clean.
  3. Do not brush your teeth directly after the surgery.

Following Days After the Surgery:

  1. It is important to note that swelling and bruising can occur to the face. It is imperative to keep your head propped up on a pillow to avoid even more swelling that might occur when laying down and gently apply ice to your face.
  2. Quick tip! Do not drink from a straw and spit during rinsing your teeth. If you do such things, you can cause a further complication called dry socket.

What Should You Eat?

  1.  Avoid any foods that are hard or chewy, such as crackers, candy, and gum.
  2. Choose softer foods, such as yogurt, pudding, ice cream, protein shakes, and mashed potatoes.

In any case, Premier Dental Associates of Lower Manhattan will take care of you every step of the way and we are here to answer any of your questions that might arise during the post operation process. Visit our websitefor information on this procedure or call us at 212-587-0202 to find out more.