A bit about wisdom teeth
- Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt, the final molars on each side of the upper and lower jaws.
- Wisdom teeth usually emerge from age 16 to 25 and for many people the only solution is removal.
- When one of these teeth doesn’t have enough room to erupt normally, it is considered impacted.
- Teeth may become twisted, tilted, or displaced as they try to emerge.
Impacted wisdom teeth
You may not know that you have impacted wisdom teeth.
Symptoms may include pain, swollen and bleeding gums, swelling around the jaw, bad breath, headache or jaw ache, and an unpleasant taste when eating.
Some people experience stiffness of the jaw.
The first step is to make an appointment to see us.
Impacted wisdom teeth that are left untreated can lead to gum disease and tooth decay.
You may also experience damage to your other teeth, including infection and overcrowding of teeth.
Annual dental appointments and X-rays can catch impacted teeth early before they start to show symptoms.
Wisdom tooth extraction – support your recovery
- Take time to relax after undergoing a wisdom tooth extraction procedure to allow your body to heal more efficiently. Take a few days off from work or school and don’t overexert yourself.
- The day after your wisdom tooth extraction, you may find relief by placing an ice pack on your jaw and alternating sides every 15 minutes. This will reduce your jaw and cheeks from swelling up and may even help to numb the pain.
- Manage your pain levels with any prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs or painkillers, it is a good idea to take them as soon as possible to prevent the onset of pain.
- If you do not receive a prescription, over-the-counter medicines such as ibuprofen or paracetamol can be taken, follow the instructions on the medications.
- Keep your mouth clean, regularly rinsing your mouth with warm water or a salt solution.
- Stick to soft foods, such as yoghurt, smoothies, broth, and jelly for the first day or two. Gradually introduce solid foods back into your diet.
- When you sleep, prop your head up with a stack of pillows. This will reduce swelling and help prevent excessive blood flow in your mouth.
- If you take the proper steps to alleviate pain and swelling, you can recover and be back to normal within a few days.