Wisdom Teeth Removal

What you need to know about having your wisdom teeth pulled

As many people will recall, having your wisdom teeth was a rite of passage for many high schoolers and young adults. Wisdom teeth are typically removed when the patient begins to complain of molar pain or discomfort, which means the teeth could be beginning to erupt below the gum line. Due to the risks of impaction or crowding in the mouth, many dentists and oral surgeons may suggest having the four third molars, known as wisdom teeth, extracted to prevent ongoing discomfort or pain.

During this surgical procedure, the patient will receive a local or general anesthetic to prevent any discomfort, and the dentist will then open up the gums around the tooth. The tooth may be split into smaller pieces for easier extraction. Once the tooth has been fully removed, tiny stitches may be required to promote healing and prevent food or foreign materials from infecting the site. The dentist or oral surgeon will prescribe painkillers to ease any pain or discomfort during healing. Be sure to follow your dentist’s instructions to the letter, which will ensure a faster and easier recovery.

When recovering from wisdom teeth removal, dentists typically recommend eating soft foods as pudding or thin soups. They may also recommend rinsing your mouth out with salt water during various times throughout the day to ease pain and reduce swelling. Avoid smoking, using a straw, performing physical activity or touching the site with your fingers or tongue.