If you’re in your late teens or early twenties, the wisdom teeth can emerge. These teeth are at the back of the mouth and are the third set of molars. While some people never get them, others do, and many people need wisdom teeth extractions.
Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need Extracting?
While some people are lucky and have no issues when their wisdom teeth erupt, most people experience impacted wisdom teeth because they have no room to come in or they are trying to come in at an angle. When this happens, the teeth need extracting.
Indications that you have impacted wisdom teeth are:
- Pain in the jaw area
- Swollen and tender gums
- Pain when opening the mouth
- Bad breath
- Bad taste in the mouth
When you describe these symptoms to one of our dentists at Montebello Dental Clinic in Salmon Arm, BC, they will thoroughly exam your mouth and take x-rays to confirm their suspicions of impacted wisdom teeth. Then, if they can extract them in their office, they will prepare you for pulling them out.
However, if they are too deep into the gums, then they may recommend an oral surgeon who can operate and extract them for you. Many oral surgeons have operating facilities in their offices, or you may need to be admitted to the hospital to have them extracted.
What to Expect After Surgery
After the wisdom teeth come out and you go home, you can treat the extraction site like you would any extraction that you may have had in the past. You’ll want to:
- Use ice or cold compresses to reduce jaw swelling
- Remove the gauze in your mouth about 30 minutes after surgery
- Avoid touching the area
- Sip liquids, do not use a straw
- Take over-the-counter pain medications as directed
- Take any other medications as directed
- Gently rinse your mouth using warm saltwater
Wait at least an hour after surgery or drink or eat anything, then, if you’re nauseous, carefully sip on tea, cola, or ginger ale. After nausea goes away, start any prescription medications that one of our dentists at Montebello Dental Clinic in Salmon Arm prescribed for you. Using these instructions can help you feel better quickly, so you can begin to heal.