Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars to develop inside the mouth during the oh so wise years of age 15-25. These teeth develop later and erupt later than the other permanent teeth. The typical mouth is only designed to hold 28 teeth, therefore erupting wisdom teeth can cause serious issues within the mouth. Crowding of the teeth can occur, or the wisdom teeth can become impacted below the gum line and cause an infection of the gums known as Pericoronitis.
In most cases, it is best to extract the wisdom teeth prior to them causing issues within the mouth. Because the wisdom teeth develop later than the other permanent teeth, their root systems are shallow. Therefore, wisdom teeth removal is typically a preventive procedure done before issues become present.
Wisdom teeth removal is a common and relatively simple procedure done on an out-patient basis. The patient is put under anesthesia: local anesthesia, general anesthesia, and laughing gas are the most common aesthetics used for the procedure. The wisdom teeth and their roots are removed from the back of the mouth, and the sockets where the teeth were located are sewn up with dissolvable sutures. Recovery time is relatively quick, taking less than a week to be back to normal. Post-operative instructions are given to help minimize pain. Following a liquid diet for two days, followed by a soft-foods diet for a few days will allow you to stay healthy while allowing the body to recover. It is very important that patients follow their post-operative instructions carefully to prevent any complications, such as an infection in the gums or a dry socket.
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