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Common Wisdom Teeth Removal Myths

Posted on 7/12/2021 by O'Sullivan, Deluca & Ressel Dental Care
Common Wisdom Teeth Removal MythsIf you're in your late teens or early twenties, you may have started hearing about wisdom teeth and the need for their removal. Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars that emerge at the back of your mouth, usually between the ages of 17 and 25.

However, there are many myths and misconceptions surrounding wisdom teeth removal. Talk to the dentist to get the correct information about wisdom teeth. Below are the common wisdom teeth removal myths.

It Painful And Complicated Procedure

Many people believe that wisdom teeth removal is a painful and complicated procedure. However, thanks to modern dental techniques and anesthesia, wisdom teeth removal is a safe and relatively painless procedure. Most patients only experience mild discomfort and swelling for a few days following the procedure. The dentist or oral surgeon will provide instructions on managing pain and swelling and prescribe pain medication if necessary.

You Can't Eat Solid Foods

Another common myth about wisdom teeth removal is that you won't be able to eat solid foods long after the procedure. At the same time, you will need to stick to a soft-food diet for a few days following the procedure. You should be able to resume eating solid foods within a week. The dentist or oral surgeon will provide you with a list of foods to avoid and recommend soft foods that are easy to eat, like yogurt, soup, and mashed potatoes.

You Need To Remove Wisdom Teeth Even Without Issues

While it's true that wisdom teeth can cause dental problems like overcrowding, infection, and tooth decay, not everyone needs to have them removed. If your wisdom teeth are healthy and properly aligned, your dentist or oral surgeon may recommend that you keep them.

However, if your wisdom teeth are not fully erupted and are deep beneath the gum line, they can cause pain, infection, and damage to nearby teeth. In this case, your dentist will likely recommend removal. That is why you must visit our dentist to get the facts right about wisdom teeth removal.

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