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Wisdom Teeth Removal at ProGrin: Everything You Need to Know

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Wisdom teeth extraction is a common dental procedure that many people undergo during their late teens or early twenties. At ProGrin Dental, we offer expert wisdom teeth extractions at our Boiling Springs, Augusta Road, and Woodruff locations with sedation dentistry. Whether you’re experiencing discomfort or your dentist has recommended removal, we’re here to provide you with the highest level of care.

Understanding Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last set of molars to emerge in the mouth. They usually appear between the ages of 17 and 25. For some people, wisdom teeth come in without any issues. However, for many others, these teeth can become problematic. Common issues include impaction (where the teeth don’t have enough room to emerge properly), crowding, and infection.

Why Might You Need Wisdom Teeth Removal?

There are several reasons why wisdom teeth might need to be extracted:

  • Impaction: When teeth don’t have enough room to emerge, they can become impacted, leading to pain and swelling.
  • Crowding: They can cause overcrowding in your mouth, affecting the alignment of your other teeth.
  • Infection: Partially erupted wisdom teeth can create an opening for bacteria, leading to infections and gum disease.
  • Decay: Back molars can be difficult to clean, making them more susceptible to cavities and decay.

If you’re experiencing any discomfort or your dentist has identified potential issues with your wisdom teeth, it’s important to address these concerns early to prevent more serious complications.

The Extraction Process

At ProGrin Dental, we ensure that wisdom teeth extraction is a comfortable and straightforward process:

  1. Consultation: During your initial visit, we’ll take X-rays and discuss your symptoms and medical history to determine if extraction is necessary.
  2. Procedure: On the day of the extraction, we’ll use local anesthesia to numb the area. If multiple teeth are being removed or if you prefer, sedation options are available to make the process as comfortable as possible.
  3. Extraction: The dentist will carefully remove the teeth. The procedure’s duration depends on the complexity and number of teeth being extracted.
  4. Recovery: After the procedure, you’ll receive detailed aftercare instructions to promote healing and minimize discomfort.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Does Wisdom Teeth Removal Take?

The duration of a wisdom teeth extraction procedure can vary based on the complexity of the case. On average, the removal of a single wisdom tooth can take about 20 to 30 minutes. If multiple teeth are being extracted, the procedure might take up to 90 minutes. Your dentist will provide a more accurate estimate during your consultation.

How Long Does It Take to Heal from Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Healing from an extraction generally takes about one to two weeks. However, the initial recovery period, where swelling and discomfort are most pronounced, usually lasts three to five days. During this time, following your dentist’s aftercare instructions is crucial to ensure a smooth recovery.

When Can I Eat After Wisdom Teeth Removal?

You can start eating soft foods and drinking clear fluids on the same day as your procedure. Foods like applesauce, yogurt, smoothies, and mashed potatoes are ideal in the first 24 hours. It’s important to avoid hot, spicy, or crunchy foods that could irritate the extraction site. Gradually, you can reintroduce solid foods as you heal, usually within a week.

We’ve created a video to give you more ideas about what to eat after the procedure:

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Food After Wisdom Teeth Removal

Choosing the right foods after your extraction is essential for a comfortable recovery. Here are some recommended options:

  • First 24 Hours: Stick to cold, soft foods like smoothies, ice cream, pudding, and applesauce.
  • Next Few Days: Gradually introduce warm, soft foods like mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, oatmeal, and soup (be sure it’s not too hot).
  • Avoid: Hard, crunchy, or chewy foods that can irritate the extraction site, as well as alcohol and caffeine, which can interfere with healing.

Schedule Your Wisdom Teeth Extraction at ProGrin Dental

If you need wisdom teeth removal, trust the experienced team at ProGrin Dental. We offer professional, compassionate care at our Boiling Springs, Augusta Road, and Woodruff locations. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and take the first step toward a healthier, pain-free smile.

Augusta Road: 864-607-8848

Boiling Springs: 864-592-1647

Woodruff: 864-476-3212