What About Wisdom Teeth

Aug 21, 2013

For those people who have perfectly positioned wisdom teeth and a mouth big enough to house them, wisdom teeth can be a benefit. However, wisdom teeth seem to cause a lot of problems for most people. In those cases, they usually have to be removed. But how do you know if you need to have your wisdom teeth taken out?

That question is best answered by your dentist since they can judge your particular situation, but here are some tips for taking care of your mouth after you have had those pesky problem-teeth removed:

You can expect some bleeding after the procedure, so don’t worry too much. A fresh piece of gauze folded and placed over the empty socket will absorb everything. Be sure to bite down to apply pressure, and the bleeding should be done with in about 45 minutes.

With any minor surgery, you can expect some pain. It shouldn’t be too awful, and most people can find relief in with over-the-counter pain medicines. However, your dentist might prescribe something stronger if it seems the pain might be a bit more intense.

After having your wisdom teeth taken out, you’ll be on a liquid diet for a few days. Some people are okay
with soft solids as soon as the anesthesia wears off, but try to avoid hard foods for a few days, even after you start eating normally again.

Of course, any dental worker will tell you to keep brushing. Once the bleeding subsides, avoid the teeth near your empty sockets for 24 hours but start brushing these again the next day.

If you have any questions about wisdom teeth or caring for your mouth after surgery, contact Noble Smile to schedule an appointment with our team.