Wisdom Teeth Removal in Idaho Falls, Idaho

Wisdom teeth are the very back molars in your mouth and are the last set of teeth to come in. On average, all four wisdom teeth come in between the years 17-25. At this age, your other permanent teeth may already be set in place, so four new teeth can cause several dental problems. Here at Stoker Family Dental in Idaho Falls, Idaho, we offer wisdom teeth removal to help prevent any future problems that may occur. 

Why do I need my Wisdom Teeth Removed? 

When the back four molars come in, they will usually come in at an angle. They can push your other teeth forward, often causing misalignment and pain. When your teeth are impacted, it can cause other oral issues that take time to resolve. We recommend having your wisdom teeth removed as soon as possible.

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What is the Procedure? 

Wisdom teeth removal is a surgical procedure that is performed under anesthesia. The doctor begins by cutting down into the gum and bone of the jaw to extract the tooth. Once the gum is opened, the tooth can be removed. The holes left by the tooth will be cleaned and sewn shut. The process is performed with precision and care, and usually does not last more than an hour.

What is the Recovery Time? 

Post wisdom teeth removal, your mouth will be sensitive and swollen. Each patient reacts differently to the procedure, so recovery time will vary. We recommend only eating liquids and soft foods for the first week or so to allow the surgical site to heal properly.

To avoid painful post-surgery problems, we suggest that our patients refrain from using straws, as they can cause dry sockets. A dry socket occurs when the blood clot forming on the surgical site is removed or “sucked out” by a straw. This can prevent proper healing, cause serious pain and even cause bad breath. 

In the first few days after the procedure, you should avoid brushing your teeth. Instead, regularly rinse and clean your mouth with salt water to help avoid infection. A follow-up appointment will most likely be needed to ensure that everything is healing correctly. 

If you start to experience unfamiliar toothaches in the back of your mouth, your wisdom teeth are likely trying to come through. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Stoker Family Dental in Idaho Falls, ID, to schedule an appointment and consult with your dentist about wisdom teeth removal.