What You Should Know about Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth are the last molars to erupt and usually appear in the late teens or early 20s. While some people have their wisdom teeth erupt without any negative consequences, many people suffer from impacted wisdom teeth. Other problems can also develop, and the adjacent teeth can be pushed out of alignment or damaged during the eruption process. If your wisdom teeth are erupting improperly, Dr. Frame, our Santa Clara dentist, may recommend wisdom teeth removal.

This procedure is usually performed on an outpatient procedure in our office. We can use local anesthetic and sedation to keep you comfortable. Dental X-rays will be taken before your extraction. This allows us to identify the position of the teeth and their roots. If your teeth are impacted, or not fully erupted, we may need to make small incisions to better remove them.

Once your wisdom teeth have been removed, you may be prescribed painkillers and antibiotics. Take these exactly as prescribed for the best results. You may need to eat soft foods for a few days and avoid anything that could irritate the extraction site. Good dental hygiene can promote healing, but be careful when cleaning around the extraction site to reduce the risk of dislodging the clot.

Complications are uncommon, but smoking, drinking carbonated beverages and using a straw during the healing period can increase your risk of dry socket, a painful condition that requires specialized treatment. Any lingering or worsening pain should be further evaluated. Contact our office today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our expert in wisdom teeth removal in Santa Clara.

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