Wisdom Tooth Removal

Wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical procedure to remove one or more wisdom teeth — the four permanent adult teeth located at the back corners of your mouth on the top and bottom.

If a wisdom tooth doesn’t have room to grow (impacted wisdom tooth), resulting in pain, infection or other dental problems, you’ll likely need to have it pulled. Wisdom tooth extraction may be done by a dentist or an oral surgeon.

To prevent potential future problems, some dentists and oral surgeons recommend wisdom tooth extraction even if impacted teeth aren’t currently causing problems.

Procedure and What to Expect

A dentist or oral surgeon will perform wisdom tooth extraction. In some cases, dentists may recommend wisdom teeth that are not impacted also be removed to avoid any issues down the road.
There are many different types of techniques for wisdom tooth removal. During your consultation, your doctor will determine the best method for your condition. Your doctor will also speak to you regarding whether local or general anesthesia will be used during the extraction.

Candidates

Most patients who experience impacted wisdom teeth are between the ages of 17 and 25 since this is the age when the third set of molars typically develop. Patients experiencing wisdom teeth with any of the following conditions may be candidates for wisdom tooth removal:

  • Growing at an angle toward another tooth
  • Growing at an angle toward the back of the mouth
  • Growing perpendicularly to other teeth
  • Trapped inside the jawbone

Consultation

If you are experiencing problems with your wisdom teeth and would like to be proactive in your dental care, we highly recommend reaching out to our office to set up a consultation with our office. After scheduling your consultation, we will be able to determine the best course of treatment and the exact condition of your wisdom teeth.

Recovery

After you have had your wisdom teeth removed, you will need to follow specific instructions to ensure an efficient healing process.
Do not eat any solid foods or grains that can get caught in the surgical sites.
Do not drink through a straw. Suction can remove clots that aid in the healing process.
Wait at least one week to eat any crunchy, chewy, or spicy foods.
Avoid acidic foods during the healing process.

The recovery process can take anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks, but it is common for patients to begin to feel better after three days. Plan your diet for the next few weeks around soft foods that should not cause any problem to the extraction wounds:

  • Applesauce
  • Ice cream
  • Soup
  • Jell-O
  • Pudding
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Yogurt
  • Smoothies
  • Milkshakes
  • Instant Oatmeal

FAQ

What kind of foods can I eat immediately after my surgery?

Any food that is soft, malleable, or liquid can be safely eaten after surgery. You should avoid crunchy, chewy, spicy, or acidic foods following your extraction.

What happens if I don’t remove my wisdom teeth?

wisdom-tooth-surgery-austin-oral-surgery-300x182Your wisdom teeth could potentially become impacted, which means it can cause pain, infection, tooth decay, damage to neighboring teeth, cysts, and gum disease.

At what age should I start worrying about wisdom teeth complications?

Typically, most sets of wisdom teeth start to erupt around the ages of 17 to 25. It is possible for teeth to come in earlier or later, and is best to set up a consultation with one of our dentists to ensure that you are taking proactive steps in your dental care.

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