Wisdom Tooth Extraction

What’s the best time to remove your wisdom teeth? Here’s what you need to know about signs, reasons for Tooth Extractions, and recovery. Wisdom teeth removal from Merchant Square Dental is world-class.

Waiting how long before removing wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are typically removed between the ages of 17 and 25. This is when third molars appear. Located at the back four corners of the mouth, wisdom teeth are the last permanent teeth to emerge. Depending on the person, wisdom teeth can cause problems or even require removal.

Reasons for wisdom teeth removal

There’s not enough room for a wisdom tooth to grow properly when it’s impacted. As a result, you’ll have pain, discomfort, infections, and other dental problems that require extractions. You’ll have your dentist or oral surgeon remove your wisdom teeth.

How to tell if your wisdom teeth are growing

You might not notice wisdom teeth erupting, but here are some signs:

Mild pain

  • Feeling of pressure
  • Dull throbbing in the gums near your throat or jawbone
  • Gum pain during the tooth eruption
  • Shifting teeth
  • Gum tissue flap over the emerging wisdom tooth
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Cold or sore throat sensation for lower wisdom teeth

What’s the best time to get wisdom teeth out?

When wisdom teeth become impacted, they’re usually removed. Those wisdom teeth that can’t erupt or develop properly are called impacted wisdom teeth. You may need to have it removed if you have these things:

  • Slanted growth towards the next tooth or back of the mouth
  • Horizontal growth at a right angle
  • Straight growth but confined inside the jawbone

Extraction Procedure

With or without sedation, a skilled surgeon can comfortably remove your wisdom teeth under local anesthesia under local anesthesia.

Tooth Extractions

In order to get to the tooth, the gum tissue is moved aside once the area is sufficiently numbed. There are times when an impacted wisdom tooth needs to be cut into pieces so it can be removed. Afterwards, the wound is sutured closed with a dissolving suture and the area is thoroughly cleaned.

After wisdom tooth removal, you’ll need to apply ice, elevate your head, apply gauze pressure, take anti-inflammatory meds, and take antibiotics to stay healthy. Normal healing time is 3-5 days after wisdom teeth removal. Post-operative care will be early discussed with you following your procedure.

Recovery Process after Wisdom Tooth Extraction

After the procedure, follow these recovery instructions:

  • Regularly replace the gauze.
  • To prevent prolonged bleeding, don’t do anything strenuous and lie flat. If bleeding continues after 24 hours, see a doctor.
  • Use pillows to keep your head elevated when resting.
  • Consult your doctor for over-the-counter or prescription pain medication options.
  • Stick to soft foods and don’t use straws to prevent dry sockets, which happen when blood clots fall out.
  • A cold pack can help reduce swelling and bruises for a few days. Bruising might last longer.

Merchant Square Dental offers world-class and compassionate dental care. Schedule an appointment today to learn more about wisdom teeth removal.