What to Do and Don’t after Wisdom Teeth Removal

The wisdom teeth removal of one or more, which are the four permanent adult teeth located at the top and bottom corners of your mouth, is known as wisdom tooth extraction.

You’ll probably need to have a wisdom tooth pulled if it doesn’t have enough room to grow (impacted wisdom tooth), causing pain, infection, or other dental issues. A dentist or an oral surgeon can do the extraction of wisdom teeth.

Even if impacted teeth aren’t causing problems now, some dentists and oral surgeons recommend wisdom tooth extraction to avoid future problems. For more information please visit us at www.mywisdomtoothdentist.com.au

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When we have surgery, the first thing we want is to heal correctly and quickly. As a result, we’ve put together a list of wisdom tooth extraction dos and don’ts.

  • Take time off for the next few days.
  • Raise your brows. Your swelling will be reduced as a result of this.
  • Apply an ice pack for the first 24-48 hours after the extraction. Icing will help you feel better and reduce swelling.
  • Take a bite out of your cotton gauze.
  • Keep it tidy.

Why it’s done

The wisdom teeth are the last in the mouth to erupt (appear). A wisdom tooth can become impacted (stuck below the gum line) and grow at an odd angle, potentially causing complications.

The third molars (wisdom teeth) are the last permanent teeth to emerge from the gums. These teeth usually appear between the ages of 17 and 25. Some people are born without wisdom teeth. Others have wisdom teeth that erupt normally, just like their other molars, with no problems.

Many people have impacted wisdom teeth, which are unable to erupt or develop normally due to a lack of space. Wisdom teeth that are impacted may only erupt partially or not at all.

A wisdom tooth that has become impacted can cause:

  • Grow at a 45-degree angle to the next tooth (second molar)
  • Grow at a 45-degree angle to the back of the mouth.
  • Wisdom teeth grow right to the other teeth, as if “lying down” within the jawbone.
  • They can grow straight up or down like other teeth, but they are trapped within the jawbone.

Problems with impacted wisdom teeth

If your impacted wisdom tooth causes problems like these, you’ll probably need it removed.

  • Food and debris are trapped behind the wisdom tooth, causing pain.
  • Gum disease or infection (periodontal disease)
  • Tooth decay in a wisdom tooth that hasn’t fully erupted
  • A nearby tooth or surrounding bone has been damaged.
  • Around the wisdom tooth, a fluid-filled sac (cyst) develops.
  • Orthodontic treatments to straighten other teeth can cause complications.

Why are wisdom teeth removed?

If your wisdom teeth are impacted but not causing any problems, they usually don’t need to be removed. 

Wisdom teeth (third moral) that have become impacted or have not fully broken through the gum surface can cause dental issues. Certain food and other bacteria can become trapped around the edges of wisdom teeth, causing plaque to form, which can lead to the following problems:

  • Gum disease and tooth decay (also called gingivitis or periodontal disease)
  • Pericoronitis is an infection of the tooth’s soft tissue caused by plaque.
  • Cysts and benign growths – a cyst can form when a wisdom tooth does not cut through the gum (a fluid-filled swelling)
  • Many of these issues can be helped by antibiotics and antiseptic mouthwash.
  • When other treatments have failed, wisdom teeth extraction is usually recommended.

How many days should I take off after getting my wisdom teeth removed?

Surgery to remove wisdom teeth takes about three days to recover from, but it can take up to a week or more. You must follow your dentist’s at-home care instructions to aid in healing and prevent infection.

What is the most challenging day after wisdom teeth removal?

The sutures in your mouth are resorbable and usually last 7-10 days, but they can fall out sooner. Following surgery, the pain and swelling should gradually decrease. The second day after surgery is usually the most painful in terms of swelling.