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:
– Mashed Potatoes
– Soup that isn’t too hot
– Beans and rice
– Ice cream!!
– Protein shakes
– 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
You shouldn't feel any pain as your wisdom teeth are removed because the area will be numb. However, if you do feel pain during the procedure, tell your dentist or oral surgeon so they can give you more anaesthetic. How long it takes to remove the tooth will vary.
Ask your dentist or periodontal surgeon if you need to avoid eating or drinking before the surgery. General anesthesia can make you vomit, so your dentist may recommend that you fast starting at midnight the night before the procedure.
As a result, it could become displaced or twisted. Wisdom teeth are the last to come in, and if one becomes impacted, it can cause a variety of problems that worsen the longer you wait.
Wisdom tooth extraction packages that include sedation can range anywhere between $1000 and $1700. That said, the average cost nationwide for removing all wisdom teeth with general anesthesia involved can vary between $1500 to $2200.