Wisdom teeth usually come in between the ages of 17-21.  A dentist refers to them as Third Molars.  These teeth can cause lots of problems as they try to come down through the gum.  Sometimes there just isn’t enough room in a person’s mouth for them so they get impacted in the gum. Other times they come in sideways and get stuck.  Both of these scenarios can cause pain, swollen gums and even pain in your ear.  If this is not addressed it can lead to an infection.  The longer the infection persists the more risk you are to having the infection spreading to your throat and neck.  These impacted molars can also get cavities and cause other teeth to shift because they are pushing on them.

In many cases wisdom teeth need to be removed.  If the tooth is too large to take out in one piece or if it’s coming in at an angle the surgeon may need to cut the tooth into smaller pieces with a drill. This way it is less traumatic for the patient. After surgery take it easy for 24 hours.  Drink lots of water, but remember not to drink anything through a straw. Drinking with a straw can cause the blood clot in the socket to come out.  This can cause a dry socket which can be painful.  Eat soft foods and avoid foods that can get stuck in the socket. Some oozing of blood can occur during the first day after your wisdom tooth is removed.