Wisdom Teeth – Signs, Surgery & Healing

Wisdom Teeth Signs and Symptoms
Who hasn’t seen a viral video on Facebook or YouTube of someone’s face chipmunk-puffed face while they go on a hysterical loopy rant after their wisdom teeth were pulled?

Well laugh now, because if your wisdom teeth come in that might be you one day. Wisdom teeth are known as the “third molars” and usually grow during the late teen and early twenty years. When wisdom teeth come into the mouth they can contribute to mouth crowding, pushing the other teeth forward and seriously messing with your mug.

Signs of Wisdom Teeth

Signs of wisdom teeth coming in:

  • Pain on the inside of the cheek and jaw
  • Teeth being pushed forward, or feeling “tight”
  • Back of the gums are red or tender to touch
  • Pain and discomfort while eating or chewing food

If you’re between the ages of 17 and 25, and these tell – tale signs start to occur, call your dentist, and get a mouth X-ray. The doctor will decide from there if the teeth need to be removed or not.


After your oral surgery, recovery time typically takes a total of two weeks if all goes well. Here are a couple tips to keep the pain away and keep on track for a speedy recovery:

  • Take ibuprofen before pain sets in
  • Take ibuprofen every 4-6 hours for the first 48 hours after surgery
  • Refrain from using straws to prevent “dry sockets”
  • Change gauze pads often to avoid seeping blood
  • Use an ice back on jaw for first 2-3 days (20 min on and 20 min off)
  • Eat soft foods like ice cream and applesauce
  • Swirl warm salt-water around your mouth every day
  • No smoking, alcohol, or exercising

Remember there’s no wisdom in keeping these teeth, get rid of them ASAP. It is rare, but some people can have more than four wisdom teeth, so continue to check on your teeth after surgery. For more information about wisdom teeth, schedule an appointment with Delicate Smiles Dental today or call us at 303-340-3330