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Wisdom Teeth in Gypsum, CO

Third molars used to be necessary for humans to consume their tough-to-chew diets. Nowadays, wisdom teeth are much less functional and more of a nuisance. Whether you believe you may need one or more wisdom teeth removed or you know that you do and you’re looking for a qualified dentist in Gypsum, our team would be happy to assist. Contact our office today!

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How will I know if I need a wisdom tooth removed?

You might need a wisdom tooth removed if you experience pain, swelling, or infection near the back of your mouth. Crowding, difficulty opening your mouth, or damage to nearby teeth can also be signs. Sometimes, wisdom teeth are impacted and don’t have enough room to emerge properly, leading to these issues. Our team will take annual X-rays to evaluate the position and health of your wisdom teeth and recommend removal if or when necessary. Regular dental check-ups are essential for monitoring wisdom teeth and addressing problems early, preferably before any pain or symptoms develop.

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What is a good age to schedule a wisdom tooth removal?

The ideal age for wisdom tooth removal is typically between 17 and 25 years old. At this stage, the roots of the teeth are not fully formed, making the extraction process easier and recovery faster. It’s also the age when potential issues like impaction, crowding, or infection are likely to begin. However, there is no age limit for wisdom teeth removals, especially if your wisdom teeth are causing issues or may cause future issues. Our team can help you determine the ideal time for you or your child to have your wisdom teeth removed.

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What is aftercare like for a wisdom tooth removal?

After a wisdom tooth removal, proper aftercare is crucial for healing.

  • Bite gently on gauze to control bleeding and change it as needed.
  • Rest and avoid strenuous activities for a few days.
  • Apply ice packs to reduce swelling and take prescribed pain medications.
  • Stick to soft foods and avoid hot, spicy, or hard foods that can irritate the extraction site.
  • Keep your mouth clean by gently rinsing with warm salt water, but avoid vigorous swishing.

Following the specific instructions that our team provides you will be essential for a smooth recovery. If you experience severe pain, prolonged bleeding, or signs of infection, contact our office as soon as possible.

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