Warning Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth & Types of Foods You Can Eat After You Have Had Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

Warning Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth & Types of Foods You Can Eat After You Have Had Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

95% of all adults grow a third set of molars between the ages of 17 and 25. If you’re over 18 and wondering where your wisdom teeth are, you might be one of the lucky five percent. Then again, you might be dealing with impacted wisdom teeth and not even know it.

It’s important to tend to impacted wisdom teeth before they present a serious problem. Left untreated, they can lead to infection, an abscess or even teeth erupting sideways through your gums.

If you notice any of the following warning signs, your wisdom teeth may be impacted. Make an appointment with your dentist for an X-ray and examination.

Gums Are Red or Swollen At The Back of Your Jaw

Red or swollen gums are a sign of inflammation. If the redness persists and the swelling doesn’t appear to go down after a week, there’s a chance something is wrong.

Tender Gums

Tender or sensitive gums behind your second row of molars may be an indication that new teeth are trying to erupt but are having trouble getting through.

Many patients’ mouths simply aren’t large enough for a third row of molars and so this final tooth can become wedged between the bone and the adjacent tooth.

Jaw Pain or Swelling

Impacted wisdom teeth can be painful. The pain may arise only when chewing or be present at all times. Look in the mirror to see if your jaw is visibly swollen from the outside.

Bad Breath or An Unpleasant Taste in Your Mouth

Bad breath that refuses to go away even after repeated brushing, flossing and gargling can be a sign of infection in your mouth. If the bad breath is coupled with an unpleasant taste, see a dental professional as soon as possible. An infection below the gum line is a potentially serious condition that needs to be treated right away.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth Require Extraction

If your dentist confirms that you do have impacted wisdom teeth, they often will recommend they be extracted before they become problematic. If left to continue pushing into your mouth, impacted wisdom teeth may damage nearby teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth typically will be removed by an oral surgeon.

Four Types of Foods You Can Eat After You Have Had Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

About 90% of people need to get their wisdom teeth removed. If you are a part of that 90%, you might be wondering what the steps are post-surgery. Taking it easy and getting a lot of rest is a key step to a quick recovery. Another big step is knowing what you can and can’t eat.

Here is a list of foods you can indulge in post-surgery.

Ice Cream:

After having a minor surgery, it’s okay to treat yourself with a little sweet. The coolness will not only feel good, but it will also help sooth inflamed tissue. Try to avoid eating cones and flavors of ice cream with large chunks in them like chocolate chips and nuts.

Soup:

Soup is a great food to have on hand after your surgery. It provides protein and the broth is easy to eat. If you choose this brothy goodness, make sure you aren’t eating large pieces of vegetables and the temperature of the soup isn’t too hot.

Mashed Potatoes:

Not only are mashed potatoes delicious, but they are easy to make and they really are the perfect post-surgery food. You can smother them with gravy, butter or sour cream. Top the meal with whatever sounds good to you, but make sure there aren’t large potato chunks you’ll have to chew. Another route you could take is mashed sweet potato. Top it with butter and cinnamon to take this savory treat to sweet!

Smoothies (No Straws):

Smoothies are a great source to get all the nutrients your body will need. You can make different flavors with fruits and vegetables. Prepack your smoothie packs before you have your surgery so all you have to do is blend and enjoy. You could also add in different protein powders or vitamins to help your body. If you choose to make a smoothie, DO NOT USE A STRAW. Sucking on a straw could disrupt your healing process and create dry sockets.

These are just a few ideas of what you can eat post-surgery. There are a ton of other options. Get creative and indulge in the snacks you wouldn’t normally eat for your main course. If you have any hesitations or questions on what you can’t and can eat, call our office. We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Indianapolis Office Phone Number 317-790-2555

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Top 5 Common Wisdom Teeth Removal Problems to Avoid

Top 5 Common Wisdom Teeth Removal Problems to Avoid

If you’re planning wisdom teeth removal during the upcoming winter/holiday break from school, there are a few things you should know to ensure that your recovery doesn’t take longer than necessary. After all, you’ll want to be in good shape before all those holiday goodies are gone. In the interest of a speedy recovery, here are 5 common wisdom teeth removal problems and the best ways to avoid letting them ruin your entire school break:

Excessive Bleeding

While it is normal to have some light oozing of blood from extraction sites for 24 to 48 hours after wisdom teeth are removed, copious bleeding or clots of blood in your mouth are reasons for concern – and to call your oral surgeon. This complication can be avoided in most cases by spending the first 24 hours after your procedure resting and taking it very easy for the next few days. Activities that increase your heart rate and blood pressure during this time increase risk of bleeding.

Swelling

Some swelling is to be expected after wisdom teeth removal, but you can keep it to a minimum with a little extra care. During the first few days after your procedure, keep your head elevated a bit when you’re lying down by using at least two pillows. Applying ice packs to your face during the first 24 to 48 hours can be a big help too.

Dry Socket

Dry socket is the most common complication of wisdom teeth removal, and can be quite painful. It happens when the blood clot that typically forms in the socket from which a tooth has been extracted does not form as well as it should or comes loose prematurely. You can minimize your risk of this painful problem by not using straws or those water bottles with pop-up tops during your recovery since any sort of sucking action can loosen those clots. Additionally, rinsing of the mouth should be done very gently, rolling your head around to rinse teeth rather than swishing. Be careful to avoid the extraction sites as you’re brushing your teeth and use a very soft-bristled toothbrush.

Infection

Infection is a problem that will definitely make your recovery from wisdom teeth removal longer and more uncomfortable than it should be. Avoiding infection at your surgical sites means following your surgeon’s after-care instructions carefully, especially the part about rinsing your mouth gently after you eat – every single time – to remove any bits of food debris. Applying ice packs to your face during the first 24 to 48 hours can be a big help too. Dr. Falender may recommend the use of an anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen.

Pain

Some pain is a given for a few days after your procedure, but you’ll want to avoid making things worse on yourself than necessary. While you’ll certainly be eager to get back to your normal diet and activities, pushing yourself too hard can mean a longer, more painful recovery. Stick with soft foods while your jaw is still sore, and avoid sticky or grainy foods that can irritate surgical sites. Take it easy for at least a week, avoiding heavy lifting, running, sports or long days on your feet at the mall, since being over-tired or raising your blood pressure with too much activity can increase pain levels. The fact is, wisdom teeth removal is a quick, routine procedure in most cases, and complications aren’t very likely for most young, healthy patients who take good care of themselves after surgery. So settle in for a few days with some new movies, a few good books and lots of drinks and soft foods, and you’ll be back to your life before you know it.

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All-on-4 Dental Implants: A Modern-day and Good-looking Alternative to Conventional Dentures

All-on-4 Dental Implants: A Modern-day and Good-looking Alternative to Conventional Dentures

Despite Marion County residents’ best efforts, there are times where a majority of teeth in one part of the jaw have a hopeless prognosis and must be removed. When the upper or lower teeth are completely missing, a combination of dentures and dental implants can provide you with the stability and comfort that are essential for maintaining your health and your appearance. While conventional dentures alone may offer the appearance of a full smile, by adding a system of four dental implants we can significantly increase the permanence and strength of your smile.

This system, known as All-on-4 Implants, utilizes the functional and esthetic benefits of dental implants to permanently secure a complete denture in the upper or the lower jaw. The surgical component is typically being completed in one day, and the patient can leave the office with a full complement of temporary teeth. In as few as three months later the process of converting the temporaries to a permanent prosthesis is completed. This system is quite significant because it quickly resolves a number of the problems associated with missing teeth.

What Are the Consequences of Tooth Loss?

  • Decreased volume and distorted shape in the jaw bone
  • Discomfort or inability to tolerate conventional dentures
  • Compromised or sunken appearance (cheeks, lips, jaws)

There Are Immediate and Long-Term Benefits for The All-On-4 Implants Procedure:

  • Implants will replace the missing tooth roots.
  • Implants can bring stability to the shape and density of the jawbone.
  • Dentures will be firm and secure during speaking and eating.
  • Implants will provide adequate positioning and support for both the dentures and the jaw.
  • Implants will not shift or become loose as they age, thus eliminating the use of denture pastes or adhesives.

All-On-4 Dental Implants—More than Just Replacement Teeth

Above the gums, these custom dentures will give you the confidence of an attractive and full smile, but the adjoining dental implants serve a critical physiologic function. The implant posts will actively stimulate the jaw bone as you chew, greatly reducing the rate of bone loss and shrinkage that would normally occur with tooth loss.

With All-on-Four Dental Implants, you’ll walk away with more than just a basic set of replacement teeth; you’ll be walking away with a strong and secure smile that will work hard for you every day! Take the first step today by calling us at (317) 900-2555 or Schedule Your Personal Consultation with Indianapolis’ Best Oral Surgeon Dr. Falender.

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