Most people get wisdom teeth in their late teens or early twenties. At Aspen Ridge Dental in Casper WY, we generally recommend removal. Wisdom teeth can damage adjacent teeth and nerves. Awkward positions are common, and can increase risk of tooth decay 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 is difficult.
After removal, it’s important to carefully follow all post-procedure instructions.
Bleeding is inevitable and can last up to three days. Rinsing is counter-productive. Firm pressure should be applied by biting down on gauze pads to help stop the bleeding.
Swelling following wisdom teeth extraction is a sign that healing 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 critical that you communicate with us ASAP.
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