Most people get their wisdom teeth in their late teens or early twenties. In some cases they are not a problem. But for most people, these so-called “third molars” take up more room than their jaws can stand. All that crowding can damage adjacent teeth and nerves, and their awkward positioning can increase risk of tooth decay and gum disease. At Priority Dental in Casper WY, we often recommend extraction.
Due to their position in the back of the mouth, wisdom teeth are also difficult to clean, especially if they do not fully erupt, which is a common issue for many people. This can cause an infection, as bacteria can be trapped under the skin where brushing and flossing is difficult.
After removal, Priority Dental recommends wisdom teeth extraction patients carefully follow post-op instructions. Bleeding is common and may last up to three days. Rinsing is counter-productive, but firm pressure should be applied by biting down on the gauze pads to help stop the bleeding.
Swelling following wisdom teeth extraction is a sign that the healing process is progressing normally. Swelling that recedes and then re-appears after a few weeks, however, is a sign of infection. If this happens, it is critical that you speak with us ASAP.
We recommend an examination seven to ten days after the extraction to make sure the wounds are clean and there are no complications. An antibiotic wash can be applied if infection is present.
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