Also known as your third molars, your wisdom teeth are the final set of molars to erupt. These teeth are not necessary for a healthy and attractive smile. In fact, they can be quite harmful if they do not come in properly. They may emerge at an angle and crowd the mouth. If this occurs, you may experience pain, infection, and other oral health issues.

By visiting a dentist on a regular basis, you can find out whether your wisdom teeth need to be removed. If you do need them removed, be sure to schedule your procedure right away as waiting several years can lead to more discomfort and a longer recovery period.

When you undergo a tooth extraction for your wisdom teeth, anesthesia will be used so that you feel more comfortable. You may feel some pressure but it is bearable and not very painful. After your surgery, you will be given several aftercare instructions.

If you adhere to these instructions, you’ll be able to recover from your wisdom tooth removal in three to four days. In the event your surgery was more complex, it can take up to a week for you to achieve complete recovery.

In order to make the recovery period as easy as possible, try to relax for a few days and avoid engaging in any activities that may dislodge the blood clot from where your teeth were removed. You can also take an over-the-counter pain killer and place an ice pack over your jaw to help with swelling.

Here at Wainright & Wassel DDS, our experienced Raleigh dentists will make sure your wisdom teeth recovery is a breeze. Call us today at 919-847-1322 to schedule an appointment and determine whether you need your wisdom teeth removed. We look forward to helping you improve your oral health.