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7 Recommendations When Wisdom Teeth Are Extracted

It is becoming increasingly common for dentists to recommend the extraction of wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, with the aim of improving tooth alignment. Some patients have narrow and small jaws, which can push the teeth, leading to health, aesthetic, and functional problems.

Some common issues that may arise when wisdom teeth start to cause problems include acute pain in the area, frequent infections, cavities in the adjacent molars due to hygiene difficulties, or the presence of cysts from root issues in other teeth.

At times, it can even lead to severe headaches due to the pressure exerted by the wisdom teeth as they try to emerge. If you experience any of these discomforts, it is best to consult a dentist. They will assess your condition and provide the best recommendation based on your specific case.



  1. The ideal age for removing wisdom teeth is between 15 and 20 years old since the maxillary bone is still developing; however, every case is different.

  2. Generally, a panoramic X-ray is sufficient for diagnosis, treatment, and an effective procedure. However, there are cases where additional complementary exams are required, such as CT scans or occlusal X-rays to supplement the diagnosis.

  3. The surgery can last between 15 and 20 minutes per molar, depending on the surgeon's experience, the location, and the anchoring of the wisdom teeth.

  4. For a smooth recovery, it's crucial to follow the specialist's recommendations to the letter. Apply ice in the first few minutes to prevent swelling, then use moist heat therapy, take medications like antibiotics or pain relievers if recommended by the dentist, and it's important to refrain from smoking or drinking alcohol during the initial healing process.

  5. Ideally, you should avoid rinsing your mouth since saliva contains enzymes that speed up clotting.

  6. It's normal to experience mild gum bleeding during the first 24 hours; however, if bleeding is heavy, it's important to contact the dentist immediately. Usually, this procedure results in a 3 or 4-day recovery period after surgery. It's important to note that strenuous physical exercise should be avoided, maintain excellent oral hygiene, and refrain from using mouthwashes until after 4 or 5 days.

At Dr. |A® Dentistry, we have a team of specialists at your service who will analyze your case and provide the best solution for achieving a spectacular smile."

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