Wisdom teeth are molars that grow in much later than the rest of your adult teeth. Unfortunately, they often cause complications and must be removed. At Kalamazoo Smiles, our Kalamazoo dentist can tell you if your wisdom teeth need to be extracted.
Why Remove Wisdom Teeth?
There are a number of reasons thatmight need to be removed, including:
- Overcrowding: When wisdom teeth grow in, they can cause your other teeth to shift. This could result in overcrowding or a change in the alignment of your bite.
- Impacting: Sometimes a wisdom tooth cannot fully grow in because it is blocked, or impacted, by another tooth. This can cause pain, infection, and other serious oral issues.
- Tooth decay: If a wisdom tooth does not come in properly, it becomes easy for bacteria to get trapped.
Our wisdom teeth dentist can let you know whether your wisdom teeth are likely to cause any issues for you down the line. You can then choose how you would like to proceed.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Recovery
Depending on which form of sedation our dentist suggests, you may need to be driven home after your oral surgery, you’ll want to eat soft foods and avoid brushing the area. Throughout the recovery process, avoid using straws or smoking cigarettes, as these will prevent the sutures from healing properly.. For the first 24 hours after your
Wisdom teeth removal recovery time varies from patient to patient, but you will likely experience some swelling and discomfort in the first few days. Our oral surgery dentist will talk to you about your pain management options. If you encounter any symptoms such as fever or severe bleeding, call our office right away.