Wisdom teeth begin to erupt during the teenage years for most people. Some may not see their wisdom teeth until they are in their late 20s. Wisdom teeth are quite large and can disrupt the alignment of your other teeth if there isn’t sufficient space in your mouth to fit comfortably and may need to be removed. Lake Oswego residents can rely on Dr. Brad Sievert and the team at Westlake Family Dentistry for wisdom tooth evaluation.
The sucking motion you make when using a straw or smoking a cigarette will dislodge the blood clot that forms to seal the wound left behind after the wisdom tooth has been removed. If the clot is lost, it can lead to a condition known as “dry socket” Dry sockets can be extremely painful and will slow down the healing process. Dr. Sievert may advise you to leave a gauze pad in place for the first day or two until the blood clot is secure.
Eat very soft foods for the first few days after you have your wisdom teeth removed. Soft foods are less likely to break apart and become dislodged between your teeth or find their way into the open wound left behind from removing your wisdom teeth. Soft foods are also less likely to irritate the soft tissues near the wound or the wound itself. If you eat milkshakes or smoothies, always use a spoon to prevent dislodging the blood clot.
Every patient is unique regarding how they recover from wisdom teeth removal. Once your wisdom teeth have been removed, it can take seven to ten days for your gums and other soft tissues to heal. Following your dentist’s instructions will help your mouth heal quickly and without irritation or infection.
If you live in the Lake Oswego, Oregon, area and want to learn more about wisdom tooth removal aftercare, contact Dr. Brad Sievert and the team at Westlake Family Dentistry. Schedule your first visit to evaluate your wisdom teeth as soon as you feel discomfort. Existing patients need to call (503) 636-4576, while new patients must call (503) 662-9176 to schedule an appointment.