Surgery of Wisdom Teeth
“Wisdom teeth”, as they are commonly known, are the last teeth to come out and occupy their position in the mouth. Most people get them in their late teens or early twenties.
There are four wisdom teeth, one on each side of the maxilla and one on each side of the lower jaw.
- When they are aligned correctly and healthy, they are a valuable contribution to the mouth.
- However, in most cases they come out crooked and horizontally and press against other molars or the jaw bone.
Poor alignment of wisdom teeth can crowd or damage adjacent teeth, the jawbone, or nerves.
Partial eruption of the wisdom teeth can cause bacteria to enter around the tooth and give rise to an infection. This can result in pain, swelling, and illness. Partially erupted teeth are also more prone to tooth decay and gum disease because of their hard-to-reach location. Their awkward positioning makes brushing and flossing difficult.
Extracting “Wisdom Teeth”
The process of extracting “wisdom teeth” will depend on their condition (whether they came out partially or completely or if they are impacted). It requires rest for recovery. Bleeding and swelling may occur during the first 72 hours.
Most importantly: after surgery, it is recommended to take the medications prescribed by the doctor, which consist of:
- Pain killers and antibiotics if needed
- Maintain a good oral hygiene using a mouthwash and brushing your teeth
- You can rinse with warm salted water 48 hours after surgery
At the Mario Garita MP Dental Clinic, we use absorbable stitches, which fall on their own 7-15 days after surgery.