The average person has four wisdom teeth in the back of their mouth. Most people lack sufficient room for all these vestigial third molars to emerge. Even if you manage to endure the discomfort of the wisdom teeth erupting from your gums, the wisdom teeth will still need special focus in your daily oral hygiene routine.
The wisdom teeth will likely prove hard to brush and floss. This makes them increasingly prone to problems with gum disease and tooth decay. As time goes on the roots of your wisdom teeth can potentially fuse with the existing bone structure.
In many of these cases, a surgical extraction at Dr. Michael Shnayder’s clinic is often the safest method for preventing further complications. This can usually be done in a single outpatient appointment where you’ll need to be fully sedated. Afterward, you will need to have a friend or family member drive you home while the sedative effect gradually dissipates.
Dr. Michael Shnayder will then provide you with any necessary prescriptions for pain management and anti-inflammatory medications. While your gums are healing you will need to stick to a diet of soft foods. Try to avoid drinking through a straw as the suction could potentially pull a blood clot loose from an incision site.
The incisions might bleed a little for a few days after the extraction. You can help control the bleeding by lightly biting down on some sterile gauze. Then you can clear your mouth with a gentle rinse of lukewarm salt water.
If you live in the Omaha, Nebraska, area and your wisdom teeth are causing you discomfort you should call 402-317-5657 to schedule a consultation at Village Pointe Oral Surgery.