Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are so called because they appear in the mouth between the ages of 17-25 years when a person has matured.

Porcelain Inlays After Procedure and close up - Brentwood Dental

Advice on Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth are the very last teeth in the mouth to erupt and due to the lack of space in the jaw can become lodged or “impacted” against the tooth in front.

This can be problematic and the offending tooth may have to be removed for the following reasons:

As with any surgery, it is important to fully understand the complications that may arise. While bleeding is controlled prior to you leaving the office you must continue to clamp down tightly on the packing, applying pressure on the area. Bruising can occur and usually appears after 24 hours. Some patients may experience swelling especially after lower wisdom teeth removal. In rare instances there may be some numbness of the lower lip and the tongue due to bruising of the nerve that supplies the sensation to these areas.

Generally, the easier it is to remove wisdom teeth the lesser the complications. Overall, general health and habits such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can also have impact on the healing of an extraction site.