Wisdom teeth can damage adjacent teeth and nerves. Their awkward positioning can increase the risk of cavities and gum disease.
Wisdom teeth are also difficult to clean, especially if they do not fully erupt, which is a common problem for many people. This can cause an infection, as bacteria can be trapped under the skin where brushing and flossing are difficult.
Because we are an urgent care dental practice, we are skilled at tooth extractions. This includes wisdom teeth.
What should you expect after wisdom teeth extraction?
Mark A. Miely, DDS, recommends wisdom teeth extraction patients carefully follow the instructions given.
Bleeding is inevitable and should be expected to last up to three days. Rinsing is counter-productive, but firm pressure should be applied by biting down on the gauze pads to help stop the bleeding.
Swelling following wisdom teeth extraction is a sign that the healing process is progressing normally. Swelling that recedes and then re-appears after a few weeks, however, is a sign of infection. If this happens, it is important that you speak with us ASAP.