Care Tips for After Your Wisdom Teeth Removal

Time to get your or your child’s wisdom teeth removed? Surgery is never a fun experience, even with something as common as getting one’s wisdom teeth removed. However, there are some things you can do during the recovery phase to make the recovery time shorter and as comfortable as possible.

Rest. With any surgery, your body needs rest to heal. Even though wisdom teeth removal may not be considered a complicated surgery, your body still needs plenty of rest before jumping back into your normal routine. Take at least two to three days just to rest.

Pain medication. Always take your pain medication as prescribed by your oral surgeon, and always take it before your pain becomes unbearable. It takes awhile for the medication to take effect, so if you wait until it is excruciating, you will have to endure the excruciating pain even longer.[..Read More]

What Causes Impacted Teeth?

Teeth are impacted if other teeth are preventing them from emerging properly, there is not enough room in the mouth for the teeth, or the teeth won’t emerge due to their positioning–such as if they are growing in sideways. We often hear the term “impacted teeth” when it comes to wisdom teeth, but any teeth can become impacted, especially if one has a genetically small mouth. Most often, impacted teeth have to be surgically removed because they will either damage other teeth or become infected. This is actually one of the biggest reasons why wisdom teeth are removed at all.

Causes of Impacted Teeth

As previously mentioned, one of the most common causes of impacted teeth is when the mouth has no room for incoming teeth. This most often happens with the wisdom teeth because they emerge so much later in life than the other teeth, but it can happen as early as the six-year molars as well.

If teeth move out of their appropriate positions, they can either create a situation where there is no room in a mouth for additional teeth, or they can force already-forming teeth to grow incorrectly. If these teeth don’t move back to where they belong, these newly-forming teeth can become impacted.

Impacted Teeth Treatments

Surgery is the most common option for treating impacted teeth, but it’s not the only one. Depending on the severity of your particular situation, your dentist could use orthodontic treatment to move the affronting teeth back into their correct spots. Doing so could alleviate pressure on new teeth, either allowing them to reposition themselves to grow in correctly or to prevent possible impaction from ever starting.

If you have any signs of an impacted tooth–severe redness that won’t go away, drainage, painful gums, prolonged headache or jaw ache, pressure in jaw bone or against other teeth–contact your dentist as soon as possible. If the impacted tooth is infected, it must be taken care of immediately to stop the infection from spreading to other teeth or mouth tissues.

Wisdom Teeth Removal – What You Should Know

Most people are not excited to hear that they need their wisdom teeth removed. In addition to the fact that most people are not comfortable seeing the dentist at all, even more are uncomfortable with the idea of surgery. Before you panic about the possibility of removing your wisdom teeth, first remember that not everyone needs them removed.

Wisdom teeth are usually removed because they are impacted, which means that the teeth did not form and/or surface normally. They could have formed sideways or only halfway. Your dentist can determine if your wisdom teeth are impacted by a simple X-ray.

If you do in fact need to have your wisdom teeth removed, the following are some tips to help avoid any unnecessary post-surgical complications.

Most importantly, be sure to take plenty of rest after the extraction. Any major physical activity could cause severe pain or even cause excess bleeding. Your dentist will tell you how much rest you need, as it generally depends on your age and how well the procedure went.

Some bleeding post-surgery is normal, but dark red blood clots are definitely not, and you should contact your dentist immediately if you notice them. Also be sure to take all the medications prescribed to you, as they will ensure a speedy recovery.

If you think that you may need your wisdom teeth removed, please contact our office so we can determine right away if this procedure is necessary.