For the 65 percent of patients who detect wisdom teeth in their late teens or early twenties, Weston Spencer DDS – Conservative Comprehensive Dentistry generally recommends removal. Wisdom teeth can damage adjacent teeth and nerves. Their awkward positioning can increase the risk of cavities and gum disease. Moreover, they often come in crooked, crowding the other teeth and affecting the bite.
Reasons to have Wisdom Teeth Removed
Wisdom teeth are also difficult to clean, especially if they do not fully erupt, which is a common issue for many people. This can cause an infection, as bacteria can be trapped under the skin where brushing and flossing is difficult.
After wisdom teeth extractions in La Jolla, Weston Spencer DDS – Conservative Comprehensive Dentistry recommends patients carefully follow the instructions given by our team.
Bleeding is inevitable and should be expected to last up to three days. Rinsing is counter-productive, but firm pressure should be applied by biting down on the gauze pads to help stop the bleeding.
What to Expect after a Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Swelling following wisdom teeth extractions in La Jolla are a sign that the healing process is progressing normally. Swelling that recedes and then re-appears after a few weeks, however, is a sign of infection. If this happens, it is essential that you communicate with us as soon as possible. You will most likely need to come in immediately. Dr. Weston Spencer recommends an examination seven to ten days after the extraction to make sure the wounds are clean and there are no complications. An antibiotic wash can be applied if infection is present. Keep in mind that many problems can be avoided if the patient has his or her wisdom teeth removed when Dentist Spencer advises so. This is a case where a ‘let’s wait and see’ approach can cause problems. Along with wisdom teeth extractions, our practice also offers pediatric dentistry and root canal therapy.
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