For the 65 percent of San Antonio adults who develop wisdom teeth in their late teens or early twenties, William J. Stewart Jr. DDS generally recommends removal. Wisdom teeth can damage adjacent teeth, nerves and, due to their awkward positioning, can increase risk of tooth decay and gum disease. They often come in crooked, crowding the other teeth and affecting the bite.
Wisdom teeth are also difficult to clean, especially if they do not fully erupt, which is a common problem for most San Antonio teens and young adults who discover them. This can cause infection, as bacteria can be trapped under the skin where brushing and flossing is difficult.
After removal, William J. Stewart Jr. DDS recommends San Antonio wisdom teeth extraction patients carefully follow the instructions given.
Bleeding is inevitable and should be expected to last up to three days. Rinsing is counter-productive, but firm pressure should be applied by biting down on the gauze pads to help stop the bleeding.
Swelling following wisdom teeth extraction is a sign that the healing process is progressing normally. Swelling that recedes and then re-appears after a few weeks, however, is a sign of infection and should be treated immediately.
San Antonio dentist Dr. William Stewart recommends an examination seven to ten days after the extraction to make sure the wounds are clean and there are no complications. An anti-biotic wash can be applied if infection is present.
Keep in mind that many complications can be avoided if the San Antonio patient has his or her wisdom teeth removed at an earlier age.
William J. Stewart Jr. DDS
13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio Texas zip code 78230