Your mouth and teeth will pass through many stages throughout your lifetime. One significant milestone that normally occurs between the ages of 17 and 21 is the emergence of your third set of molars. These teeth are commonly known as "wisdom teeth" because they develop when you have reached a more mature age.
Healthy wisdom teeth, in their proper positions, assist you in chewing. It is perfectly normal to experience a bit of discomfort when your wisdom teeth arrive; however, if their emergence leads to pain, contact Aesthetic Dental Center in Bergen County to schedule an appointment with oral surgeon specialist Dr. Won-Sang Lee.
Wisdom teeth can create a concern if there is not sufficient room for them to erupt, or they emerge in an incorrect position. If we notify you that you have impacted wisdom teeth, this means that they are trapped under your gums or in your jaw.
While your wisdom teeth are emerging, we will be looking for signs like the following:
* Wisdom teeth that are incorrectly positioned, which can allow food to become trapped, leading to the formation of cavity-causing bacteria.
* Improperly placed wisdom teeth, leading to problems with flossing between them and adjacent molars.
* Partially emerged wisdom teeth can give bacteria safe harbor, leading to infection, pain and swelling.
* An impacted wisdom tooth can develop a cyst, damaging adjacent tooth roots or destroying bone supporting teeth.
There are various forms of anesthesia that you may receive based upon the number of teeth requiring removal, your level of comfort, etc. In the case of local anesthesia, several injections will make your tooth numb. You will remain awake during the extraction without feeling any pain. However, it is normal to experience some feelings of pressure and movement during wisdom teeth extraction.
Even though you have wisdom teeth that are intact, they still require monitoring due to the potential for issues later on. As you grow older, your risk of developing health problems increases, including possible problems with wisdom teeth. Make sure that you clean around your wisdom teeth regularly and keep up with your regular dental appointments. This allows us to monitor your wisdom teeth and general oral health.
Although recovery from wisdom teeth extraction does not normally take a long time, allow yourself a minimum of three days before returning to work. Keep in mind that each individual is different and experiences a somewhat different healing process.
Here are a few tips to assist you with your recovery after the extraction of your wisdom teeth:
* Avoid sucking on straws or smoking for 24 hours, as this could result in a loosening of the blood clot necessary for healing.
* Avoid vigorous physical activity or keeping your head flat, to help minimize bleeding.
* Use a warm salt water rinse several times daily to minimize swelling.
* Brush your teeth normally after the first day, but avoid the area.
* Until your pain or discomfort subsides, eat only soft foods like soup or pudding. Solid foods can be gradually introduced once you are feeling more comfortable.
Complications following wisdom teeth removal are uncommon. But when they do occur, it is typically due to something called dry socket. This is when a blood clot does not form in the tooth socket. It can also develop when an existing blood clot disappears or becomes dislodged. If this happens, it will typically occur from three to five days after extraction.
Experiencing dry socket is much like the throbbing pain or ache experienced during a severe toothache. An unpleasant taste or smell may also emanate from the empty tooth socket. If you could look directly at the socket, you may see exposed bone instead of the expected blood clot.
If you feel that you have developed a dry socket after your extraction, contact our office right away. We can flush out the socket and apply a medicated dressing to cover it. This dressing is removable and should be frequently replaced until the area heals.
Having your wisdom teeth extracted can sound scary, but you can make yourself more comfortable by understanding each stage of the process so that nothing surprises you. If your wisdom teeth are giving you problems, schedule an appointment with Aesthetic Dental Center of Bergen County today.
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“I was seen a little earlier than my scheduled appointment so that was a plus. The dental office was immaculate! My tooth extraction was done in less than 5 minutes. I didn’t even realize it was out until he said ok all done!! Absolutely no pain, no pressure! The oral surgeon was brilliant! I’ll highly recommend this a million times!!”
- Emelyn Gonzalez
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- Joan Gennaro
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- Jennifer Rodriguez