Are Your Wisdom Teeth a Hazard?

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Wisdom teeth are the third molars in your smile that are now vestigial and no longer benefit a modern mouth. Most patients have four wisdom teeth that rest deep in their gums behind their other molars, and these teeth typically begin to emerge at some point during late adolescence to early adulthood. If your wisdom teeth can’t erupt properly, they will need to be removed before they cause problems for your smile.

Early symptoms of wisdom tooth problems can include feelings of discomfort and pressure or a dull ache in the gums. Some patients also report that they experience soreness in the lower muscles of their jaws. If you are experiencing any of these issues, our dentist may recommend that your wisdom teeth be extracted before they result in harmful dental problems. Delaying wisdom tooth extraction could result in increased dental pain and even jeopardize the health of your other molars.

Wisdom tooth removal is typically performed in a single outpatient appointment, and our dentist can prescribe pain relievers to help you remain comfortable while your mouth heals. During this recovery process, we encourage you to eat a diet of soft foods such as yogurt, applesauce, and mashed potatoes. You would also do well to stay hydrated, but do not drink through a straw or else the suction could pull your blood clots loose.

You may experience some bleeding at the extraction sites for the first few days, but lightly biting down on a gauze pad can reduce the bleeding, and then you can clear your mouth with a lukewarm saltwater rinse.

We invite you to call 843-757-2828 and schedule an appointment with one of our dentists at First Dental of Bluffton if you are experiencing problems with wisdom teeth and would like to schedule wisdom tooth removal in Bluffton, South Carolina. Our dentists, Dr. Hobart, Dr. Yu, or Dr. Ulbrich are pleased to help you with your oral care needs.