The wisdom teeth are our last set of molars. Unlike the other teeth, which erupt by the age of 12-13, the wisdom teeth don’t come out until the age of 17-25 in most patients. While these teeth are a natural part of our mouths, the fact that they erupt so late can make them troublesome.
Many patients do not have enough space in their mouths to accommodate their wisdom teeth, particularly if they have small mouths or have undergone orthodontic treatment. Because of this, the wisdom teeth are prone to erupting incorrectly when they begin to grow into the mouth.
If your wisdom teeth are beginning to come in, and you’re feeling symptoms like soreness and stiffness in your jaw, pain and discomfort in the rear of your mouth, or you notice tender, swollen, and bleeding gums near your back teeth, you may need to have your wisdom teeth extracted.
The process of wisdom teeth extraction is quick and easy, and we can extract all of your wisdom teeth in one appointment at Carlson Family Dentistry. To learn more and see if you need to have your wisdom teeth extracted, contact us for an appointment now.
Dr. Cade and Dr. Carlson will provide you with a comprehensive set of instructions to follow while your mouth heals and recovers, and it’s very important that you follow them to the letter to ensure that your mouth heals properly after tooth extraction.
For the first few days after your teeth have been extracted, you will need to take things easy and avoid heavy physical activity. Rest, relax, and allow your mouth to heal. In addition, you will need to avoid brushing the extraction site for a few days after your procedure. You can use a salt water rinse to clean the extraction site.
It’s very important to avoid spitting forcefully or using a straw for at least 24-48 hours after your appointment. Doing so can dislodge the blood clot that promotes proper healing of your extraction site, causing “dry socket.” This condition is painful, and can interfere with the healing process.
You’ll also need to eat a diet of mostly soft foods for at least 3 days after your procedure, such as yogurt, broth, soup, and pudding. As your mouth heals, you can re-introduce your favorite foods as long as you can chew them without any pain and discomfort. For more information, consult the recovery instructions provided by Dr. Cade or Dr. Carlson after your appointment.