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Even if you can’t see them, you probably have a third set of molars called wisdom teeth that are sitting in your gums until your late teens or early adult years. These molars aren’t very useful in modern times and commonly cause issues that require them to be removed. We answer the why and how of wisdom tooth removal, as well as tips for a comfortable recovery.

Wisdom teeth can cause complications in your mouth since your other teeth often don’t leave much space for the third set of molars, and these teeth struggle to emerge safely without causing alignment problems. Unfortunately, the wisdom teeth can become impacted, which prevents them from emerging from the gums.

Impacted wisdom teeth may cause pressure and pain to persist in the gums and make the surrounding jaw muscles feel sore. Over time, this can affect the tooth roots that anchor the wisdom teeth in place.

To prevent these issues, our dentists can remove problematic wisdom teeth in a single outpatient procedure. Due to the typical use of full sedation during the procedure, you should arrange to be driven home following the oral surgery, as you will still feel effects of the sedation.

Following the procedure, you will receive in-depth recovery instructions to optimize your aftercare period. In general, eat a diet of soft foods, don’t try to drink with a straw for the first day or so and make sure you are resting often. If needed, we can provide prescription medication as well.

We invite you to contact Toenjes, Brizzee and Orme at 208-624-3757 for a consultation to learn if you are a candidate for wisdom tooth removal in St. Anthony, Idaho.