For the 65 percent of adults who detect wisdom teeth in their late teens or early twenties, Montz and Maher Dental Group generally recommends removal. Wisdom teeth can damage adjacent teeth and nerves. Their awkward positioning can increase risk of cavities and gum disease. Furthermore, they often come in crooked, crowding the other teeth and affecting the bite.
Wisdom teeth are also difficult to clean, especially if they do not fully erupt, which is a common trouble for many people. This can cause an infection, as bacteria can be trapped under the skin where brushing and flossing are difficult.
After wisdom teeth extraction in Pearland, Montz and Maher Dental Group recommends that patients carefully follow the instructions given by the doctor. 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.
Swelling following wisdom teeth extraction in Pearland is 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. Dr. Montz recommends an examination seven to ten days after a wisdom teeth extraction in Pearland to make sure the wounds are clean and that there are no complications. An antibiotic wash can be applied if an infection is present. Keep in mind that many issues can be avoided if the patient has his or her wisdom teeth removed when Dr. Montz advises. This is a case where a ‘let’s wait and see’ approach can cause problems. For more information about wisdom tooth extraction, give us a call. We offer services such as general dentistry, family dentistry, and gum disease treatment.