According to the AAOMS or American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, out of 10 people, about 9 have at least one impacted wisdom tooth. This tooth needs to be extracted, or else it might complicate your dental condition in the future. If you are planning to get your wisdom teeth extracted, then this blog is for you. You might be curious to know about the procedure and also to know how the recovery would feel. Continue reading to calm your curiosity.
What is a wisdom tooth?
A wisdom tooth is the third molar that erupts as the last permanent teeth to help grind food. Adults usually get four sets of wisdom teeth, of which two form on the top and two on the bottom.
Why should we get wisdom teeth removed?
The ADA recommends undergoing wisdom teeth extraction if they experience any of the following issues:
- Crowded or crooked teeth
- Growing sideways or to an undesired position
- Erupt partially
- Cause pain in the jaw
- Tooth decay or other infections
- Have impacted teeth
What includes wisdom teeth surgery?
Wisdom teeth surgery is essential for long-term oral health. If you are someone with dental anxiety, then we will numb the area with a local anesthetic, so you can sleep throughout the whole process. For wisdom teeth removal, the dentist will surgically open the gum tissue above the tooth and carefully take out any bone. As the tooth uncovers and the dentist will remove it carefully.
What can be expected after wisdom teeth surgery?
It is quite normal to experience some pain, swelling, bruising, or in some cases, even a little bleeding after you get the procedure done. It might take a few days to feel completely normal, as each person responds differently to the treatment. Your dentist will prescribe you some over-the-counter pain relief medications to get relief.
What should you eat after wisdom teeth surgery?
- Prefer a soft diet is after the surgery, such as applesauce, mashed potatoes, lukewarm broth-based soup, pudding, yogurt, smoothies, milkshakes, etc.
- Make sure to avoid these foods after the surgery:
- Solid, crunchy, chewy, or spicy foods for about a week
- Any acidic foods
- Alcohol and coffee for at least a day
Do you have more wisdom teeth-related questions? Then, feel free to call us at (833) 394-7366 and book an appointment with our dentist at 287 E. Hunt Hwy. #101, San Tan Valley, AZ 85143.