The average adult has 32 teeth by age 18: 16 on the maxilla, or upper jaw, and 16 on the mandible, or lower jaw. But the average mouth is made to hold only 28 teeth, which can make it hard to cram all those teeth inside. The four extra teeth are the third molars, also known as wisdom teeth.
Wisdom teeth can become impacted, or trapped, beneath the gums. Sometimes impacted teeth emerge only partially. Impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth can cause problems if left untreated. Partially erupted wisdom teeth can create an opening around the tooth that allows bacteria to grow, causing infection, swelling and pain. If an infection is present, the dentist might have to drain the pus and treat the infection with antibiotics before the tooth can be removed.
What can I expect after wisdom teeth removal?
Different people experience different things after their wisdom teeth have been removed. You may experience soreness in the jaw, mild swelling, or oozing from the socket.
What can I do to promote healing after my wisdom teeth have been extracted?
Following the extraction of your wisdom teeth, you should bite down into gauze or a wet tea bag in order to create pressure and stop any oozing. For 24 hours after the extraction, you should avoid rinsing the site, as this can disrupt soft tissue healing. You should also avoid drinking from a straw or chewing on the affected side. If you are in pain, you can also take an anti-inflammatory such as Advil, unless you are allergic.
Do you need wisdom teeth removal in Toronto?
Adelaide Dental provides extraction of wisdom teeth in downtown Toronto. If you have concerns about your wisdom teeth, call or email us today.