Wisdom teeth are the third molars, permanent adult teeth located in the back of the mouth. They usually come between the ages of 17 and 21. Most people have all four wisdom teeth, but some have fewer or not.
Why do we have wisdom teeth?
Researchers believe those teeth were necessary for our ancestors but are now considered vestigial structures. This is because our diet today consists mainly of cooked food, which is easier to eat with forks and knives.
How does wisdom teeth removal work?
The process of removing wisdom teeth starts with an examination. Dentists typically use X-rays to determine the position of the wisdom teeth and whether there is enough space for them to grow. If there are symptoms or potential problems with the wisdom, an appointment is scheduled for removal. The procedure is performed by a dentist surgeon, depending on the position of the teeth and the dentist’s experience. It is essential to choose a qualified provider.
What are the advantages of wisdom removal?
Wisdom teeth extraction has many benefits, including reducing the risk for future oral health problems such as gum disease, tooth decay, and damage to adjacent teeth. If you are experiencing pain from your wisdom , extraction can provide relief and help you maintain optimal oral health.
What is wisdom teeth removal recovery like?
After the wisdom removal, it’s best to take things as easy as possible and let yourself heal.
Here are a few things you should expect after your procedure:
You will probably feel groggy after the sedation and will need someone to drive you home. This is something you should discuss with your care team before the procedure.
You’ll likely bleed the first day after wisdom tooth removal. Avoid spitting a lot so the blood clot from the socket doesn’t dislodge. Also, replace the gauze over the socket based on directions from your dentist or oral surgeon.
Only eat soft foods for the first 24 hours after your procedure. You can then slowly start to eat semisoft foods. Avoid hard, chewy, hot, or spicy foods that might get stuck in the socket or irritate the wound.
A saltwater rinse can help with healing after wisdom tooth removal. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water every two hours and after meals for a week.
If you have stitches, they may dissolve or need to be removed.
How long does it take to recover from wisdom tooth removal?
It typically takes three to four days for people to feel comfortable after surgery, but it can take a couple of weeks for your gums to heal completely. Your oral surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself post-surgery.