The wisdom teeth are a third set of molars that usually start to come in around the ages of 17-25, and unfortunately, they tend to only cause problems for most people. By this time, most of the other adult teeth have already come in, so the wisdom teeth often become stuck and put pressure on the nearby teeth and gums. At Bridlewood Dental, we keep a close eye on the wisdom teeth during every checkup so we can recommend they be removed before they cause issues. If you’re experiencing any pain that you think might be related to your wisdom teeth, be sure to give us a call today to discuss the possible need for wisdom tooth extractions in Flower Mound, TX.
The wisdom teeth frequently become impacted, or stuck, while trying to come in. This can lead to persistent pain towards the back of the jaw, but they can also start to push the other teeth out of place, which can throw off the alignment of the entire bite. Infections are common as well, which can affect the jawbone and even the sinuses if left untreated. In most cases, the best way to stop these symptoms and prevent worse ones is to simply remove the teeth.
On the day of your wisdom tooth extraction, you’ll want to take it very easy after the procedure, as you’ll likely need to wait for the effects of sedation to wear off. It’s also important that the treatment sites in your mouth are able to form blood clots, which will protect the newly exposed bone and nerves and allow the area to heal. To speed up this process, a patient should exclusively consume soft foods for a few days and avoid using a straw, spitting, or smoking.