Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that typically come in during your late teens or early twenties. However, not everyone develops wisdom teeth. It’s better to remove wisdom teeth early, as waiting until later in life makes the process more risky and complicated.
On average, most people who get their wisdom teeth out at our Rigby dental clinic are in their early twenties.
Problems Caused By Wisdom Teeth
Your wisdom teeth come in naturally, so why get rid of them? There are a number of answers to this question.
Wisdom teeth can cause pain as they essentially “compete for space” in the mouth. This can cause teeth to shift, jaw and gum discomfort, misaligned bite, and other issues.
Wisdom teeth can become impacted—they get stuck below the gums and start to grow at odd angles.
Wisdom teeth can create cysts as they develop in a sac within the jawbone. This sac can eventually fill with fluid and cause damage to the teeth, nerves, and jawbone.
Wisdom teeth are at a higher risk of dental decay. This is because they are harder to clean. This issue can also increase your risk of periodontal disease.
After having your wisdom teeth removed at our Rigby dental clinic, we’ll send you home with a post-op care plan. This includes:
Getting plenty of rest and avoiding too much physical activity.
Watching out for bleeding. Some blood is normal for the first couple of days, but you don’t want to be seeing dark red clots. If that happens, put pressure on the site with clean gauze for 45 minutes. If the bleeding continues, contact us.
Eating soft foods until you can comfortably handle your normal diet.
Keeping the surgical site clean—this involves rinsing with salt water and brushing your front teeth softly, moving further back after a few days and staying gentle until the loose tissue has healed and become more firm.