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Are your wisdom teeth trying to come in? Does your jaw or neighboring teeth feel uncomfortable? These could be signs that your emerging wisdom teeth may be, in fact, impacted. To protect your dental health, you may need to have these problematic teeth removed before they can wreak more havoc upon your mouth.

These teeth are the last of your teeth to erupt from your gums, and usually come in between the ages of 17 and 25. Because they are the last teeth to come in, there may not be enough room in your mouth for them. As a result, these teeth may grow at an odd angle and could collide with the neighboring molar, causing discomfort and potential damage. Similarly, if your wisdom teeth do not fully erupt from the gumline they can be difficult to clean, which could leave them vulnerable to decay.

You may be wondering what you can expect following the removal of your wisdom teeth. You will want to eat soft, cool foods for the first few days. Things like ice cream, yogurts and applesauce may be great choices as they can be easy to chew and swallow. You should avoid using a straw or doing anything with a sucking action as it can increase your chance for developing a dry socket. Additionally, to clean your mouth, you can very gently use a soft-bristled brush without disturbing the extraction site.

If you would like to know more about removing your wisdom teeth, and you live in Stafford, Virginia, you can call Rai Family Dentistry today at 540-657-0867. Dr. Shivaprasanna Rai, and our team, want you to enjoy your best oral health possible.