Wisdom and Your Wisdom Teeth

Have you heard that age brings wisdom? While this may be true, when it comes to teeth, age tends to bring wisdom teeth. When your wisdom teeth grow in correctly, they can be a useful part of your smile—but there are complications more often than not. For example, if your jaw isn’t large enough to hold your wisdom teeth, they may not grow in right. Similarly, wisdom teeth often grow in sideways, only emerge partially, or become stuck under your gums. If the tooth comes in at an angle, it could also damage nearby teeth. If you experience any of these problems, you wisdom teeth may need to be removed.

If you are concerned with your wisdom teeth, just ask your dentist about them during your next appointment. Similarly, if you experience pain or swelling because of your wisdom teeth, please schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. If your wisdom teeth need to be removed, you may need to schedule additional appointments.

Luckily, having your wisdom teeth removed is relatively simple. After your procedure, your dentist will tell you to avoid drinking out of a straw or spitting until the wound heals. They will also tell you to eat only soft, cool foods for a few days. Finally, you’ll need to use a warm salt rinse to keep the area free from bacteria. Your swelling and bleeding should subside after a few days.

Typically, your stitches will dissolve within a week, but at times your dentist will need to remove them. Usually, you can use over the counter pain medications to alleviate any discomfort you have, but your dentist may prescribe a stronger painkiller. If you would like to learn more, please talk to your dentist.