We get three different sets of molars as we age. Our first set comes in during childhood, around six years of age. Then at twelve, when our jaws have had some time to grow, our second set erupts. The final set, called wisdom teeth, show up sometime in or shortly after our late teens. For some patients, they come in without any issues. Others become impacted.
The image to the left shows examples of impacted wisdom teeth. Today, most people opt to have their wisdom teeth removed right away. Up to about the age of twenty-one, the procedure is fairly straightforward with few complications. After that, it gets more challenging and holds greater risks.
Because no one really wants oral surgery, people often put this off hoping their molars won’t become a problem, only to have an infection blow up on them rather quickly. Because of that, Angel Dental Care takes walk-in wisdom teeth extractions at all of our locations. But, remember, it’s always better to deal with this before there’s a problem.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Post-Operative Care
- Give yourself plenty of rest.
- Limit eating to soft foods until you can comfortably eat your normal diet.
- Know what’s normal. Blood tinged saliva is fine; dark red clots are not. If you’re bleeding, bite down on some gauze and hold it in place for about 30 minutes. If it’s still bleeding, repeat the process. Anything longer than that and you need to call us or go to an emergency room.
- Keep the area clean with salt water rinses.
- Avoid smoking or drinking from a straw while healing.
If you’re considering having your wisdom teeth removed, you may call our office to schedule a complimentary consultation or click here to request an appointment online.