Wisdom teeth are something most people have to deal with at some point. If an infected or impacted wisdom tooth is causing pain and discomfort, it is important to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Symptoms of wisdom tooth impaction include:
- Red or swollen gums, especially in the back of the mouth.
- Sore or bleeding gums.
- Jaw pain.
- Swelling of the gums, cheeks and around the jaw.
- Pain associated with opening or closing your mouth.
A feeling of pressure in the back of the mouth or near the throat can also indicate that the wisdom teeth are trying to erupt. Many people experience these symptoms around the ages of 17-25, but wisdom tooth eruption and/or impaction can occur later in life also. For this reason, it is recommended that most patients have their wisdom teeth removed as soon as possible. This will prevent infection that occur from impacted wisdom teeth, as well as insure quicker healing time. In some cases, if wisdom teeth are left untreated, their eruption can cause shifting and crowding or even infection of healthy teeth.
Dr. Oliveros has great experience in dealing with wisdom teeth removal. Surgery to remove the wisdom teeth can usually be done in one visit. Dr. Oliveros will make an incision into the gums and remove the problematic tooth, in sections if necessary. The patient will generally be under IV sedation for the procedure to ensure comfort. Healing time varies between individuals, but generally one can expect some pain and swelling at the site of the incision for a few days following the procedure. This is perfectly normal, and Dr. Oliveros will prescribe necessary pain relief as well as give instructions on after care.