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Most people lack the sufficient space in the back of their mouth for all of their wisdom teeth to emerge without undue pain or complications. This can cause wisdom tooth impaction, dental cysts, or damage to the rear molars. Even if they fully erupt from the gums without complications, they will still be difficult to clean and they will be prone to tooth decay and gum disease.

To prevent these complications, Dr. Barbara Lewis-Heywood might recommend surgical extraction. This is ideally performed after all your permanent molars have grown into place. If you’re experiencing discomfort before this treatment, he might recommend having the teeth extracted earlier.

At your initial consultation with your oral surgeon, you should tell them about any medical conditions you have or medications you are taking that might increase your risk of bleeding.

Tobacco use irritates gum tissues, which increases recovery time. It also makes you more prone to developing an infection in the gums during recovery. If you’re a tobacco user, it would be wise to consult with your physician in advance to find a cessation program. When selecting a program, try to choose one that doesn’t call for the use of nicotine lozenges or gum. These too can irritate healing gum tissues.

While your gums are healing, you will need to stick to eating a soft-foods diet. It’s important to stay hydrated, but you should also avoid drinking through a straw as this can pull blot clots loose from the incisions.

It’s natural for the incision sites to bleed a little for a few days after the extraction. To help control the bleeding, bite down lightly on some sterile gauze. Once it has stopped, you can wash away any lingering blood with a gentle, lukewarm, saltwater rinse.

If you have further recovery questions after wisdom tooth extraction in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, you can always call 505-219-0594 to speak to a member of our staff at Riverside Dental & Beauty Spa.