Wisdom teeth are the third and final molars and generally emerge in early adulthood. If wisdom teeth grow in fully and are properly aligned, they can actually serve as an asset. Unfortunately, this seldom occurs. Wisdom teeth are often misaligned, impacted, or partially erupted. This can result in damage to surrounding tissue, nerves, and bone. In some cases, wisdom teeth may also prevent proper cleaning and care of adjacent teeth or push other teeth out of alignment, resulting in a crooked smile.
These problems are often easily prevented or improved through wisdom teeth extraction. An examination with x-rays can allow our doctors to evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if they may cause problems now or in the future.
Our dentists have extensive training and experience utilizing the latest techniques and equipment in wisdom teeth removal to provide our patients the safest and most comfortable procedure and recovery period available.
Did You Know?
As we age, our bones become more dense. Wisdom teeth removal is often easiest, with the shortest healing time, for patients in their teens. If you have a teen or you are older and have not yet had your wisdom teeth removed, come in for a wisdom teeth evaluation.
Eating After Wisdom Teeth Removal
The amount of time needed before solid foods become an option varies from person to person. If you begin feeling like your mouth could handle something more than liquids, start with soft foods, like smoothies or yogurt. Then move on to soft bread, eggs, hummus and thicker soups.
It is a good idea to avoid anything very hot or very cold directly after wisdom teeth removal. Extremes can irritate the removal site, and hot foods can sometimes can increase bleeding. Also avoid food with small grains or seeds, as these small pieces of food can lodge themselves in the removal site, which can be painful.