When Do Wisdom Teeth Grow In?
Wisdom teeth form under the gums during the pre-teen years (10-12). If there is enough room in the mouth, the wisdom teeth will begin to push through the gums by the late teenage years. However, if there is not enough room, they will start to impact by the mid-twenties.
What are impacted wisdom teeth? This means that there is no room for them to fully erupt through the gums and it can become painful and swollen.
By a person's early forties wisdom teeth have formed complete roots...at this point it is very difficult to remove them and requires more time to heal after removal.
The best time to remove wisdom teeth is before they begin to push through the gums. At this time, the removal is rather easy and the patient will experience a quick recovery.
Why Remove Wisdom Teeth
If you don't remove your wisdom teeth they can cause several oral issues later in life. The following are just a few of the problems wisdom teeth can cause if not removed early.
- If wisdom teeth impact, they can damage neighboring molars by pushing on them.
- Impacted wisdom teeth oftentimes decay
- Infections can occur that if left untreated will affect the bloodstream
- Cysts and tumors can occur below the wisdom tooth that cause pain and even damage to the jawbone
What to Expect After Wisdom Teeth Are Removed
It is important to follow the surgeons instructions post-op when dealing with wisdom teeth to ensure the quickest and least-painful recovery and to avoid infections.Things you may encounter after wisdom teeth removal:
BLEEDING.Some bleeding is to be expected after wisdom teeth surgery. Packs of guaze will be placed in the back of the mouth to help the blood clot and avoid excessive blood in the mouth. Biting down on these packs helps the blood to clot and slow. Cold packs on the outsides of the cheeks can also be used to help slow the bleeding. Physical activity should be avoided to keep the heart rate and blood flow slower. If bleeding does not subside, call the office at 530-677-0723 for additional instructions.
SWELLING.Swelling is normal for about 2-3 days after surgery. The swelling is typically around the gums and in the cheeks. You may put a cold compress on the outside of the mouth around the cheeks and adjacent to the surgical area to help reduce swelling. Remember, 20 minutes of cold, 20 minutes without.
PAIN MEDICATION.Because the procedure is a surgical procedure, it oftentimes comes with some kind of discomfort. Your surgeon will likely prescribe a pain medication to you to help keep you comfortable as you heal. Take the pain medication as prescribed, typically the first dose is as the anesthetic begins to wear off. Some patients find these pain medications to cause nausea, it may help to eat a small amount of food with or right after taking the pain medication. Remember the worst pain is typically the first 6 hours after the anesthetic has worn off.
DIET.Avoid hot foods, straws, and foods like seeds, popcorn, and rice that can get lodged into the sockets. Keep in mind that the tongue may be numb for a while, so you'll want to avoid chewing during that time. It is easiest to eat soft and fluid-like foods for the first day or two after surgery; things like pudding, applesauce, yogurt, milkshakes, etc.
HOME HYGIENE CARE. Keep your mouth as clean as possible after surgery, this will help avoid infection and help the sockets heal quickly. Rinse your mouth with a salt and warm water mixture - 1/4 teaspoon salt in an 8 ounce glass of water. Calmly swish the solution and then spit, repeat until the glass is empty.
Return to normal oral care as soon as possible. Swelling and pain may make it difficult to brush with vigor, so brush as thoroughly as you can each day.
ANTIBIOTICS. If Couch and Hammond Dentistry has prescribed antibiotics, take the tablets or liquid as directed. Antibiotics will be given to help prevent infection. Call the office in the event of a rash or other unfavorable reaction at 530-677-0723.
- NUMBNESS. Numbness of the lip, chin, or tongue can occur after wisdom teeth removal. This is usually temporary and should go away within a day or so. Just be careful not to bite your tongue or lip while it is numb.
- TEMPERATURE. A slight temperature after surgery is not unusual. Tylenol or ibuprofen can be taken to help reduce the fever, but should it persist, feel free to call the office.
- SORE THROAT PAIN. A sore throat and pain swallowing can happen after surgery because those muscles swell and get a little inflamed. This pain should go away in 2-3 days.
- JAW STIFFNESS. Stiffness in the jaw muscles after surgery is fairly normal. It may make it difficult to open the jaw wide for a few days after surgery. Stretching of the jaw muscles may help to speed the recovery of this stiffness.
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