Why should I have my Wisdom Teeth Extracted?
The last teeth to erupt in your mouth are called wisdom teeth, also referred to as the third molars. The eruption of your wisdom teeth typically happens between the age of 16-25, a time in most people’s lives that is considered the ‘Age of Wisdom’.
When Should I have my Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to come in for most people. In certain cases, wisdom teeth align properly, but for most wisdom tooth extraction cannot be avoided. Wisdom teeth need to be removed when there is not enough space for them to erupt properly within the mouth – leading to a patient’s wisdom teeth growing sideways, only partially emerging or remaining trapped underneath the gums. When wisdom teeth do have enough space to come in, they can be difficult to clean properly causing tooth decay and the need for removal regardless.
Several problems are caused by wisdom teeth, including:
- Damage to the adjacent teeth
Thankfully, a simple extraction can alleviate these potential problems before they cause an issue.
Post-Extraction Care for Wisdom Teeth
It is important that you wait to eat or chew while your mouth is still numb – you should regain feeling within a few hours. You will need to keep your gauze on the extraction site for a minimum of 35-40 minutes, keeping a slight pressure on the site.
Following extraction, you may experience mild swelling discomfort, which is part of the normal healing process. Cold compresses or a black tea bag can help decrease the swelling, and medication prescribed will manage any pain.