Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Also known as the third molars, wisdom teeth usually develop when an individual is in their late teens or early twenties. While a small number of people can safely keep their wisdom teeth, they are almost always removed since there is almost no space available for them in the mouth. Wisdom teeth often grow at a severe angle, resulting in them becoming impacted or crowding other teeth. Because of this, it is critical that wisdom teeth are removed before they cause more serious problems.
The recovery time for a wisdom teeth extraction varies from patient to patient, with most individuals being completely healed in about a week. This length of time greatly depends on how severely the teeth were impacted prior to their removal. While most normal activities can be conducted during the recovery process, the patient must be careful not to disturb the blood clot that will have formed at the site of the extraction.
During recovery, it is advised that the patient only consumes soft foods. Some patients might require a full week of healing before all foods can be comfortably chewed. Patients are also instructed to drink plenty of fluids and to refrain from smoking, vigorous exercising and using a straw. If the patient experiences further complications such as dry sockets, they should contact our office as soon as possible to receive necessary treatment.
If you or a family member is developing wisdom teeth and you want to learn more about the removal process, please call us at (734) 441-0200 to schedule an appointment.