For the 65 percent of Fargo adults who develop wisdom teeth in their late teens or early twenties, Designer Smiles 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 West Fargo 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, Designer Smiles recommends Fargo 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.
Dr. Dennis Hetland 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 Fargo patient visits his or her Fargo dentist at an earlier age to get the wisdom teeth removed.
To schedule a dental exam or a wisdom teeth consultation, contact our Fargo dental practice today. We also offer general, cosmetic, and sedation dentistry.
Dr. Dennis Hetland
3525 25th St S
Fargo North Dakota zip code 58104