Health Tip: The Word on Wisdom Teeth

-- Wisdom teeth are the last teeth that emerge, usually between the ages of 17 and 25. They often crowd or damage other teeth, and must be removed.

Here's what to expect during and after surgery to remove wisdom teeth, courtesy of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons:

  • Wisdom teeth are removed under general anesthesia, local anesthesia or intravenous sedation, and the procedure is usually done in the surgeon's office.
  • The complexity of the surgery depends on the position of the wisdom teeth.
  • Some swelling and discomfort are common after the surgery. Pain medications and cold compresses can help alleviate these symptoms.
  • You may need to eat softer foods and make other diet changes until your mouth recovers from the surgery.

Posted: June 2008


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