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What to Know about Wisdom Tooth Recovery

April 29, 2021
Posted By: Norco Family Dental
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Wisdom teeth come in years after your final adult teeth, typically in the late teens or early twenties. However, a recent study found that many adults over 25 discover an emerging wisdom tooth.

These teeth are located at the back of the mouth—two on top and two on the bottom. If you’re lucky, these teeth—sometimes one or sometimes four—erupt without incident, and everything is just fine. Unfortunately, wisdom teeth can create problems for a lot of people. If you’re dealing with the pain and discomfort of troublesome wisdom teeth, you are not alone.

Fortunately, your dentist in Greeley, CO provides thorough evaluation and gentle tooth extractions when needed. This is a direct process that has you feeling better in no time.

Patients who have decided to remove troublesome wisdom teeth have been happy with their decision and pleasantly surprised by their relatively fast recoveries. It takes no time at all to discover that your wisdom teeth do not serve a purpose.

What Are Wisdom Teeth and Do You Need Them?

Once upon a time, humans relied on raw vegetation and tougher meats as part of their diet. Some anthropologists suspect that we needed wisdom teeth back then to chew our food better. Today, we cook, marinate, and soften our foods to the degree that makes wisdom teeth obsolete.

However, if these teeth come in without issue, there may not be a reason to extract them. But too often, they push on other teeth, erupt only partially, and cause discomfort. The partial eruption also leaves the gum open and vulnerable to infection. In these cases, our dentists in Greeley recommend removal.

Assessing Wisdom Teeth with Your Dentist Near Me

Close up of patients smile at dentist office in Greeley COIf you notice swelling, pain, or a piece of a tooth emerging from your gum at the back of the mouth, we recommend contacting our dental office for an assessment of your wisdom teeth.

Your Greeley, CO dentist uses intraoral cameras to show you the troublesome areas and explain how the wisdom teeth may cause additional discomfort without extraction. We also take x-rays and rely on image-guided technology for a more straightforward and easy extraction. We can see where roots are or note where oral nerves rest within your tooth canals with image-guided technology.

Your dentist will determine whether extraction is in your best interest. However, when wisdom teeth are causing trouble, they almost always need to come out. Of course, your dentist welcomes your questions and concerns.

At Norco Family Dental, we want to make your experience as easy and comfortable as possible.

Oral Surgery in Greeley, CO

If your dentist determines that wisdom tooth extraction is the best course, we schedule your oral surgery.

On this day, we take measures to help you relax. This can include choosing a movie from our large catalog to watch while we see to your extractions. You can also bring your own music. We offer noise-canceling headphones so you can escape with the tunes of your choice.

We also thoroughly numb the extraction area, so you’ll not feel anything. There may be slight pressure as we lift the tooth from the socket, but you are not likely to feel any pain. Typically, there are stitches, often dissolvable.

After an extraction, your Greeley dentist packs the area with gauze in case there is any light bleeding.  

Wisdom Tooth Recovery

Later in the day or evening, you may notice swelling and mild discomfort when the anesthetic wears off. Your dentist can recommend an over-the-counter pain reliever—typically Ibuprofen if it’s a safe medication for you. Some patients near Greeley who have specific health histories may do better with an alternative pain reliever. Your dentist may also prescribe medication.

Your dentist or a member of our dental team will send you home with instructions, but for the most part, you should avoid the following:

  • Smoking or vaping
  • Drinking through a straw
  • Spitting

The above can work against clotting and healing.Man looking up and thinking

It’s also important to follow all aftercare instructions, including icing the area at prescribed intervals and waiting to chew until the anesthesia wears off. In fact, you should avoid chewing for the first day or two and concentrate on a softer diet like applesauce, ice cream, creamed soups, or cottage cheese.

It may also help to sleep with your head at a slight elevation.

We provide more specific instructions based on your situation and the number of wisdom teeth pulled. And we are always here to answer your questions and provide additional advice as you move through your wisdom tooth recovery—typically a few days or up to a week.

Schedule Gentle Tooth Extraction with Our Dentist in Greeley!

We understand that the idea of extraction can be scary for some patients, but our team works together to make sure you feel at ease when under our care. If you have a wisdom tooth emerging or pressing on your adjacent teeth, we encourage you to reach out to Norco Family Dental today at (970) 356-5277. You do not have to live with bad tooth pain!

We treat patients everywhere, including Greeley, Evans, Windsor, Gilcrest, Johnstown, Severance, and your location!

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