Wisdom Teeth Removal - FAQs
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Our wisdom teeth are our third set of molars. When they grow, they are located at the far back of our jaw, close to the jaw joints. Usually, they appear when patients are in their late teenage years or before the mid-twenties. For some patients, these wisdom teeth do not grow, while for a few others, they may grow to complete their set of teeth without any oral health issues.
Why Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?
For a large number of people, the growth of wisdom teeth usually brings different oral health issues. Normally, their jaws would be too small to accommodate a new set of molars. When this is the case, the growth of wisdom teeth usually brings severe pain to the patient. This also brings about overcrowding, as the wisdom teeth push on adjacent teeth for space. Sometimes, these teeth may not be able to emerge completely from the gums. In this case, leaving them will lead to tooth decay, infections, and possible gum disease.
What Does The Removal Process Entail?
Our professionals start out with an examination of your mouth. In this exam, we look at the positions of the wisdom teeth with the use of an x-ray. Understanding the positions of these wisdom teeth helps to appraise the oral health of your mouth and identify possible oral issues that may arise. The removal itself is done with the patient under general anesthesia. This helps to keep you comfortable during the extraction. After the removal, we monitor and control the bleeding with necessary treatments to minimize discomfort.
What Can You Eat After Removing Your Wisdom Teeth?
Following your wisdom teeth extraction, you may experience some pain and swelling. Your diet at this point should be mainly liquid meals. You should not eat food that requires chewing, as this may disrupt the healing process. Meals like soup, pudding, and yogurt are ideal. In a week, you should be able to consume soft chewable foods.
How Long is The Recovery Process?
Generally, recovery should take within four days to a week. Most times, recovery is dependent on the current health of a patient. Teenagers tend to heal faster than grown adults. However, you can help the recovery process by sticking to your liquid diet. Avoid spitting and brushing in the first 24 hours. Also, for your liquid meals, you should avoid using straws, as they tend to upset the blood clot process for healing. As long as your wisdom teeth removal is carried out by our professionals, you will have little to worry about. Please do not hesitate to call Dallas Oral Surgery Associates at 214-363-9946 to schedule a convenient consultation.