What are wisdom teeth?

The wisdom teeth are the third molar or the last tooth at the very back of the mouth. These teeth cut in between the ages of 16 and 25 for most people. This late-stage development is where the teeth get the nickname “wisdom teeth” since by this age, many are thought to have grown wise beyond childhood.

It's not uncommon to experience complications as these teeth cut in. Scheduling regular visits with the dentist for preventative services is a great step, but sometimes wisdom teeth complications are one of those things that you simply can't prepare for.

Wisdom Tooth Removal at Central Park Pediatric Dentistry in Austin, TX

Wisdom teeth are often impacted and need to be extracted. If not removed, impacted wisdom teeth can cause a variety of problems, including pain, infection, damage to other teeth or bones, problems during orthodontic treatment, and future oral health complications.

What to expect before your wisdom tooth removal

First, you'll meet with Dr. Lew and have a detailed discussion about the process. You can expect to learn about the type of anesthesia you or your child will receive. You'll also receive instructions you'll need to familiarize yourself with to follow before and after the procedure.

This is also a great time to ask any questions or express any concerns you may have for Dr. Lew. Since wisdom tooth extractions are almost always an outpatient procedure, you can expect to go home following the surgery.

Recovering from wisdom tooth removal

It's important to closely follow Dr. Lew's instructions after the procedure. On the day of the surgery, get plenty of rest and replace the gauze as necessary.

Expect to resume normal activities as early as the next day but avoid strenuous activity for at least one week, or as directed by Dr. Lew. Pain and soreness, are to be expected so keep pain meds and cold compresses handy.

Eat soft foods for the first couple of days before transitioning to semi-solid foods. Avoid spicy or chewy foods that could irritate the extraction site. Avoid brushing the extraction site and use a saltwater rinse as instructed.

If you experience severe pain, fever, excessive bleeding, or notice a bad taste in your mouth, call Central Park Pediatric Dentistry immediately and we'll get you scheduled for a follow-up!

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