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Wisdom Teeth

Effortless Wisdom Teeth Removal in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are a final set of molars that appear in the back of your mouth along your upper and lower jaw during your teens or early twenties. The purpose of wisdom teeth is still unknown but they are thought to have once served as replacement molars. Now that diets have changed and oral health has increased, our backup teeth are no longer necessary and are generally removed.
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Why Are They a Problem?

If a mouth is large enough, wisdom teeth can emerge with little to no problem. But when wisdom teeth are crooked, only partially emerge or over-crowded, problems like pain and disease can occur. Overcrowding can also cause damage to your teeth, jaw, nerves, gums or even create sinus issues. 
Wisdom teeth can additionally be impacted, or only partially break through the gum. This opening leaves your gums exposed to bacteria that can cause infection, swelling, tooth decay and even gum disease.

What to Expect During an Extraction

Wisdom teeth are often extracted while still underneath the gums and embedded in the jawbone to prevent future problems from occurring. Before your wisdom teeth are removed, you will receive a local anesthetic and often a sedative. Because of the long-term effects of the sedative, you will need someone to drive you home. Most extractions last between 45 minutes to an hour. The teeth are removed in pieces and stitches are placed in the gums. Gauze is also used to help with bleeding.

Recovering from Your Surgery

Complete recovery time varies from person to person but typically takes a few weeks to a few months. During the first week or so of recovery, you can expect to experience bleeding, facial swelling and jaw and mouth stiffness and pain. You should also eat soft foods and rinse your mouth with warm salt water after meals.
At Rabel Family Dentistry, we specialize in quick and simple wisdom tooth extraction. If you or a loved one are in need of wisdom tooth care reach out to us today.