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Wisdom teeth can sometimes be more than just bothersome. As they emerge, the erupting third molars can cause pain, promote dental cysts in your gums, and even lead to more serious complications. To treat or prevent these symptoms, Dr. Amini and Dr. Chow might recommend having them surgically extracted at Centro Family Dental.

During your initial consultation, you should tell our dentists about any medical conditions or medications you are taking that might increase your risk of bleeding. Our dentists will provide you with some basic preparation and aftercare information to ensure that you have a speedy recovery.

It’s important to note that tobacco use can irritate healing gum tissues. This increases recovery time and could cause an infection in the incision sites. If you use tobacco on a regular basis, you would be wise to consult with your physician in advance to find a cessation program. Try to select one that doesn’t call for the use of nicotine lozenges or gum. These too can irritate healing gum tissues.

While your gums are healing, you will need to stick to eating soft foods. It’s also important to stay hydrated. However, you should also avoid drinking through a straw as this can pull blood clots loose from the incisions.

You should expect the incision sites to bleed a little for a few days after the extraction. To help control the bleeding, bite down lightly on some sterile gauze. Once bleeding has stopped you can wash away any lingering blood with a gentle, lukewarm, salt water rinse.

If you have further recovery questions after wisdom tooth extraction in Houston, Texas, you can always call 713-644-4446 to speak to a team member.