Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, usually break through the gums between the ages of 17 and 21 years of age. When they are healthy and erupt properly, wisdom teeth are beneficial to your mouth. If there is not enough room for them to erupt properly your dentist can advise you as to whether these unerupted wisdom teeth need to be removed to prevent pain and future problems. In some cases, all four wisdom teeth must be removed or sometimes it is just the bottom or top two. Some people’s wisdom teeth never even erupt at all.
The regular X-rays your dentist takes of your teeth will be a key resource in monitoring wisdom teeth development and in determining if they need to be removed. Symptoms that you may need to have a wisdom tooth removed can include paid and/or pressure in the rear upper or lower jaw. Should your dentist recommend that your wisdom teeth need to be removed, they may do the procedure themselves or refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to extract the wisdom teeth.
Your dentist should instruct you on how to take care of your mouth for the recovery period. You may be told to avoid brushing, spitting, flossing and rinsing for 24 hours. After that, you can gently brush your teeth and rinse your mouth with salt water frequently to help keep it clean and prevent infection.
The recovery period can take several days and there may still be swelling and discomfort for a week or more before your are good as new.
For any wisdom teeth related questions you can call us at (647) 794-1108 to help.