Wisdom teeth otherwise known as third molars can often cause trouble when they come in especially when there is not enough space in the mouth for them. Wisdom teeth can get infected and cause pain or discomfort. If you are experiencing any pain from your wisdom teeth, please contact our PerioLife Periodontists in Dallas and Fort Worth for a consultation.

What are wisdom teeth and when do they come in?

Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars in your mouth. Wisdom teeth usually come in during your late teens to late twenties. Some people may not be born with wisdom teeth while others may have wisdom teeth growing under the gum tissue and causing damage to other teeth.

Do all wisdom teeth need to be removed?

Wisdom teeth only need to be removed if there is not enough space for them to come in or if they could cause damage to neighboring teeth. Later in life, wisdom teeth can get infected and may cause discomfort thus they are usually recommended to be removed when you are younger. With advances in modern dentistry and sedation dentistry, wisdom teeth removal is much more comfortable.

What can I eat after wisdom tooth removal?

You are recommended to eat softer foods. A good rule of thumb is to eat foods that you could cut with a fork. Examples of soft foods include:
– Pasta
– Mashed Potatoes
– Oatmeal
– Tuna
– Soup that isn’t too hot
– Beans and rice
– Ice cream!!
– Protein shakes
– Smoothies
– Apple sauce

How long does it take to heal from wisdom tooth removal?

It can take up to two weeks to recover from wisdom tooth removal depending upon the complexity of the extractions. The most important factor in healing is the after care. Keeping the wound clean by using prescribed mouth rinses and gently brushing the area will speed up the recovery process. Furthermore, eating soft foods following the wisdom tooth extractions will help you recover faster. It is very important not to smoke after having teeth extracted as that can cause painful complications and delay healing.

For any questions regarding wisdom teeth extraction, contact your PerioLife periodontists in Dallas, Irving, Fort Worth or Keller offices.