Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are teeth that typically erupt during late adolescence or early adulthood. In some people, these teeth erupt uneventfully into place with no problems. In other cases, the teeth can become impacted, meaning there is not enough room for them to erupt or they are erupting at an angle. When the wisdom teeth cannot erupt properly they can cause damage to the teeth next to them. Sometimes they will erupt partially through the gums causing an uncleansable area that will result in infection. Your dentist will make a recommendation if your oral health can be improved with wisdom tooth extraction.
Recovery times vary from person to person and depending on the extent of the procedure. Often it will only last a few days, and your dentist will recommend measures to aid in your recovery. It is important that you ensure nothing interfere with the healing extraction socket. This means no suction inside the mouth by avoiding drinking straws, smoking, and spitting. Taking care while brushing and taking medications as prescribed will ensure you have a speedy recovery.
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