When your wisdom teeth begin to grow in, Dr. Derek C. Barnes may recommend wisdom teeth removal in Charlotte, North Carolina. Wisdom teeth usually grow in between the ages of 17 and 25 and our dentist will locate them using dental X-rays. Most people have their wisdom teeth removed. Wisdom teeth are often impacted. They are so far back in your mouth that they may not come in correctly. Your wisdom teeth may become trapped between your jawbone and gums. This may be painful. Wisdom teeth sometimes come in at the wrong angle and press against other teeth. Your mouth may not be large enough to allow another set of molars to grow in. A patient may be unable to reach their wisdom teeth with their toothbrush or floss. This puts them at risk for decay.

After your wisdom teeth are removed, our dentist will send you home to recover. To minimize your discomfort during healing, take painkillers as prescribed by our dentist. Relax for at least 24 hours after extraction and limit your activity for a few days. Apply ice to the area to reduce swelling. Eat soft foods like yogurt, applesauce, and soup on the day of extraction.

Feel free to contact our dental office today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.