In your mid-teens, wisdom teeth begin to show up on your dental X-rays. You may begin to feel this third set of molars as they push against your back gums.
Wisdom teeth sometimes cause pain, swelling, cavities, or gum disease. When they have to come out it’s usually because:
Between the ages of 17 and 25, many people have their wisdom teeth removed. Often, they go to a special dentist called an oral surgeon, who removes the teeth in his office.
Wisdom teeth removal is usually an easy, short process. Your mouth should heal in a few days. You should be able to go back to school or work the next day.
You’ll meet with an oral surgeon to talk about the removal. You can bring a parent or other caregiver with you to go over the procedure. Use this time to:
Plan time off from work, camp, or school to have your surgery. You’ll want to take it easy the rest of the day. Some teens can drive themselves to and from the surgery. But if you have general anesthesia or pain drugs, your parents will need to drive.
Most people have little to no pain afterward. It may take a few days to feel back to normal, but you can go back to school, camp, or work the next day.
As you leave the office, your doctor will give you a list of instructions to follow.
These tips will help you heal quickly, have less pain or swelling, and fight infection.
The surgeon may have to cut your gums or bone to pull out your wisdom teeth. If so, he’ll close the wound with a few stitches in your gums. These dissolve after a few days. He may also stuff gauze pads in your mouth to soak up some of the blood.