Wisdom Teeth Extractions – What to Expect
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to come in. Also called third molars, they occupy the four back corners of your mouth. Wisdom teeth typically erupt later in life between the ages of 17 and 21. Eruption is often problematic because there is little room left for them; wisdom teeth erupting sideways or becoming stuck or impacted in the jaw is common. Symptoms of an impacted wisdom tooth include pain, swelling, and infection. Untreated infection may become severe and damage bone tissues. In many cases, the best way to deal with impacted third molars is to have a skilled affordable dentist perform wisdom teeth extractions.
Risks Associated with Wisdom Tooth Extractions
Wisdom tooth removal is a common surgical procedure, but it is more complicated than a typical tooth extraction, and is often performed by an oral surgeon. You may be sedated or given general anesthesia. Risks associated with the surgery include pain, swelling, bleeding, sinus problems, and nerve damage.
Recovery from Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Recovery from surgery usually takes about a week, but the incision area may take a month to heal completely. If damage to your jaw occurs during surgery, full recovery may take as long as six months. Proper care after surgery can help prevent complications. During the first 24 hours, you can expect some bleeding. Placing clean, moist gauze or a teabag over the incision area and applying biting pressure for about 45 minutes should stop it. If it continues, call your dentist or oral surgeon. Ice can help relieve swelling for the first 24 hours. Apply ice for 10 minutes and then leave it off for 20 minutes. Repeat the steps as needed for the first day following surgery. Your dentist or oral surgeon may prescribe medication for pain or antibiotics to treat or prevent infection.
More Aftercare Tips
- Don’t rinse your mouth for the first 24 hours after your extraction.
- Don’t use a straw.
- Eat a soft or liquid diet, and avoid chewing with teeth near the extraction site.
- After the first day, rinse the socket with warm, salty water after each meal and before bed.
Find an Affordable Dentist to Extract Your Wisdom Teeth
The cost of wisdom tooth extractions varies depending on your dental insurance, the complexity of the procedure, and your dentist’s experience and location. You may wish to get several quotes to compare fees before scheduling the procedure.
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