Sometimes called the third molars, wisdom teeth are typically the third and last to appear. Most people get them between the ages of fifteen and twenty-five. For some, they’re no problem at all – but these people are in the minority. For most people they do pose problems, although not always right away. Over time, they can damage adjacent teeth and nerves; their awkward positioning can increase risk of cavities and gum disease. They often come in crooked, crowding the other teeth and affecting the bite.
It is because of the strong chance of later problems that we, and most dentists, recommend they be removed, and the sooner the better.
Bleeding is inevitable after an extraction. This can 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 after an extraction is normal. Swelling that recedes and then re-appears after a few weeks, however, is a sign of infection. If this happens, it is vital that you speak with us ASAP.
At The Carrollton Dentist, 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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