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The average person has four wisdom teeth develop deep in the gums behind each of their rear molars. Unfortunately, these vestigial third molars often have no healthy role in the mouth of modern humans. In fact, they can often prove to be a nuisance or even a threat to the health of your rear molars.

 

To prevent undue complications and pain Dr. Rafael A. Perez often recommends having them extracted at some point after the permanent molars have fully developed. This can often be done during a single outpatient appointment.

 

If necessary he might recommend full sedation. This is more likely to be the case if one or more of the wisdom teeth has become impacted, or there are other potential complications that might call for intervention by oral surgery.

 

While your gums are healing it would be best to keep to a diet of soft foods. Shopping beforehand to stock up on foods applesauce, mashed potatoes, and yogurt might be helpful

 

It’s also very important for them to stay hydrated. Just make sure not to drink through a straw. The suction could potentially pull blood clots loose from the incision sites.

 

It’s completely natural for the extraction sites to release a small amount of blood during the first few days after the wisdom teeth have been removed. You should be able to mitigate the bleeding by lightly biting down on some rolled up sterile gauze. Then a gentle rinse with lukewarm saltwater can clear your mouth.

 

Any prescription anti-inflammatory or other pain medications will need to be taken at the specified doses and the indicated times.

 

If you are in the Wichita Falls, Texas, area and your son or daughter is experiencing wisdom tooth discomfort, you should call 940-692-2851 to schedule a consultation at Stone Lake Dental.