WISDOM TEETH EXTRACTIONS - NEW BRAUNFELS, TX
STOP THE PAIN OF IMPACTED TEETH
Most of your permanent teeth erupt around the age of 13. The wisdom teeth, on the other hand, typically appear in your mouth much later between ages 17 and 25. As a result, there’s often not enough room for them, and they’ll likely need to be removed for your comfort and safety. If someone in your family is around the right age for wisdom teeth, make an appointment with Dr. Albrecht; he can determine whether an extraction is truly needed or not.
WHEN IS WISDOM TOOTH EXTRACTION REALLY NECESSARY?
If your wisdom teeth erupt normally, don’t cause any pain, and don’t pose a significant risk to your oral health, then it’s possible to keep them. More often than not, though, wisdom teeth tend to cause complications due to the lack of room. Signs that wisdom teeth need to be removed include:
- Becoming trapped under the gums
- Inflammation inside your mouth
- Gums that are tender or bleeding
- Jaw pain that doesn’t go away
- Bad breath or an unpleasant taste in your mouth
WISDOM TOOTH EXTRACTION AFTER-CARE
Immediately after surgery, you’ll bite down on some gauze packs to control the bleeding. If bleeding does not stop after an hour, new gauze should be applied for 30 to 45 minutes. Be careful not to rinse vigorously or probe the area, as that might dislodge the blood clot protecting the wound. Plan to spend the rest of the day resting, and avoid exercise for about 3 to 4 days. For meals, limit yourself to softer, nourishing foods that can be eaten with little effort.