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Wisdom teeth extraction is a very common operation in dental clinics; however, that doesn’t make it any less of a worry for patients. Wisdom teeth generally grow in between the ages of 17 and 25 years, and even sometimes as late as 30 years. But they stop growing in after that.

While they often cause no problems, it is not uncommon to find that they are totally or partially trapped under the gum.

This is because these are molars that don’t have enough space to grow in since we no longer need them with the diet we have today. This change in diet has caused our jaws to become smaller as a result of human evolution.

Wisdom teeth are not always painful when they grow in, but if you do feel discomfort, you should visit your dentist as soon as possible. He or she will give you medication and tell you whether you need to have them taken out or not. It is important to remember that simply feeling discomfort doesn’t mean that your wisdom teeth need to be removed. Sometimes they will continue to grow until they sit perfectly in your mouth.

Do you wonder what will happen after an operation to remove your wisdom teeth? At our dental clinic we’ll explain the whole procedure. Come and visit us!

What to expect after wisdom teeth surgery?

If you’re worried about what happens after wisdom teeth surgery, pay attention to the following aspects:

  • If your gums bleed, put a piece of clean gauze over the wound and bite down on it for 10-15 minutes. Remember not to rinse your mouth or go to bed until the bleeding stops.
  • If the area from which they were extracted is swollen, hold ice against it and sit up. If you must lie down, try to put two pillows under your head.
  • Avoid very hot food; heat dilates the arteries and can cause the little surgical wound to bleed. You should also avoid eating food that could get trapped between your teeth and all foods containing seeds, nuts, rice and popcorn.
  • Ideally, you should eat soft and warm or cold food, especially during the first 24 hours.
  • Pay special attention to your oral hygiene. Brush your teeth, taking care not to touch the wound, and avoid using mouthwashes with solutions not recommended by your dentist.
  • Avoid smoking, particularly during the five days after surgery.
  • Your dental surgeon will prescribe painkillers and antibiotics to prevent problems. Follow his or her instructions for a fast and perfect recovery!
  • Don’t do exercise for the 3 or 4 days following surgery to prevent any kind of associated injury.

You will have to show a little patience after wisdom tooth surgery as it is normal to suffer some kind of swelling and, sometimes, bruising, as well as a little bleeding. The anti-inflammatory medication we give you at our clinic almost always prevents the area from swelling, meaning that you will suffer very little pain. While complete recovery tends to take a week, after the first 48 hours any discomfort you feel will start to disappear.

Wisdom tooth removal is one of the most common oral surgeries, however, in the event of intense pain, high temperature or continuous bleeding despite applying pressure, visit your dental surgeon to rule out problems with the post-operative process.