Wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth are the last to appear. They generally come out between the ages of 17 and 21. How are they evolving?

When should they be extracted?

When a wisdom tooth does not have room, it is preferable to extract it in order to avoid many inconveniences. Indeed, it risks disturbing the other teeth and causing malpositions which hamper the masticatory function. Sometimes there is not enough space between the teeth and this increases the risk of cavities developing. Almost a quarter of the world’s population (22%) does not have any wisdom teeth. This is called Agenesis.

Wisdom tooth extraction

As the operation is common, it is done using local anesthesia in one or two sessions. General anesthesia, involving hospitalization, often involves the removal of 4 wisdom teeth simultaneously. After the extraction of one or more wisdom teeth, it is common for a little bleeding to persist for a few hours. Simply apply a sterile compress to the extraction area until the bleeding stops.

After wisdom tooth extraction

Swelling may also occur. It is then advisable to apply ice. In the event of post-operative pain, painkillers are prescribed to you by your dentist. Monitoring the development of your wisdom teeth in the dental office is recommended so as not to cause problems with neighboring teeth. Certain precautions after the procedure are necessary to obtain good healing of the wound. Thus, a soft, warm or cold diet, good oral hygiene, stopping smoking, alcohol and all irritants are strongly recommended.