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Most adolescents have four wisdom teeth embedded deep in the gum tissues behind their last molars. In the later teenage years, these vestigial third molars might attempt to erupt from the gums. This typically happens after all eight of the permanent molars have come in.

Common symptoms of this starting might include a dull ache or sense of pressure at the back of the mouth. Some people also complain of a sense of soreness in the lower jaw muscles.

This is usually the time that Dr. Will Allen recommends having the teeth extracted at his Louisville, Kentucky clinic.

This can often be done in a single outpatient appointment, requiring deep sedation. The lingering sedative effect will require a friend or family member drive you home afterward. Dr. Will Allen will likely prescribe pain management medication to help you feel comfortable during the recovery process.

While your gums are healing, you will need to stick to a soft foods diet, and drink fluids without using a straw. The suction could potentially pull blood clots loose from the incision sites. If you do experience a little post-operative bleeding, you can lightly bite down on some rolled up gauze. Then a gentle rinse with lukewarm salt water can clear your mouth.

If you’re contemplating having your wisdom teeth extracted, and you live in the Louisville, Kentucky area, you should call 502-587-7874 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Will Allen.