Wisdom Teeth 101: Answering Your Questions
At Park View Family Dental, we get a lot of questions about wisdom teeth and wisdom teeth removal. Having wisdom teeth removed is a fairly common procedure, but it can still cause people to be nervous and have questions. That’s why we put together this blog – to help answer all of your questions about wisdom teeth.
What Can I Eat After Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Following the procedure, we recommend that you primarily eat soft, cool foods for at least the first few days. This includes foods like:
- Mashed potatoes
- Ice cream
Most people feel comfortable reintroducing solid foods into their diet after 3-4 days, but this depends on your level of pain.
How Long Does Wisdom Teeth Removal Take?
Wisdom teeth removal does not take very long. Most procedures only take one hour or less to complete. You will need to rest for at least a day following the procedure to ensure that you can heal and recover.
What Age do Wisdom Teeth Come In?
For most people, wisdom teeth come in between the ages of 17 and 25. It’s completely normal for them to come in a little earlier or later than this range. We can identify if you have wisdom teeth using xrays.
What Happens if You Don’t Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?
This depends on your individual oral health situation. It is possible for wisdom teeth to grow in straight and in line with your other teeth. This would have little to no impact if they were not removed. However, many people’s wisdom teeth do not grow nice and straight. It’s very common for them to grow crooked or towards your other teeth which can cause them to become impacted. This can cause issues such as:
- Infections or cysts
- Damage to other teeth
- Teeth crowding
- Gum disease
We hope that these answers help you better understand wisdom teeth removal. If you still have more questions about wisdom teeth or wisdom teeth removal, contact either of our Colorado offices and we will be happy to answer your questions.