Most people get their wisdom teeth in their late teens or early twenties, and these teeth often prove to be problematic. Sometimes called “fifth molars,” wisdom teeth often take up a lot of space – too much space – in the jaw. This can result in awkward positioning, increading the risk of tooth decay and even damaging adjacent teeth and nerves. Because of this we generally recommend removal, at Roy Dental Care in Roy UT.
Wisdom teeth can also be difficult to clean, especially if they do not fully erupt, which is a common issue for many people. This can cause an infection, as bacteria can be trapped under the skin where brushing and flossing is difficult.
After removal, we’ll give you specific instructions as you recover. Some things to remember:
- Bleeding is inevitable and should be expected to last up to three days. Rinsing is counter-productive, but firm pressure should be applied by biting down on the gauze pads to help stop the bleeding.
- Swelling is a sign that the healing process is progressing normally. Swelling that recedes and then re-appears after a few weeks, however, is a sign of infection. If this happens, it is important that you meet with us ASAP.
We’ll schedule an examination seven to ten days after the extraction to make sure the wounds are healing as they should. An antibiotic wash can be applied if infection is present.
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