They try to enter your mouth as you are older and, presumably, wiser. But wisdom teeth usually create more problems than benefits. So, what do you know about the removal or extraction process, and what can be expected during and after this relatively routine procedure?
Wisdom tooth extractions are so routine that complications occur only:
about 10 percent of the time
about 5 percent of the time
less than 2 percent of the time
Another term for wisdom teeth is:
True or False: Wisdom teeth did not appear in early man.
Why do wisdom teeth often come in at odd angles?
Wisdom and oddities go hand in hand.
Our modern diet adversely affects the growth of wisdom teeth.
Our jaws have become smaller.
True or False: If your wisdom teeth come in perfectly, there's no need to have them removed.
What percentage of the population requires the removal of their wisdom teeth?
approximately 45 percent
approximately 85 percent
approximately 98 percent
When should wisdom teeth be extracted?
the sooner the better
the later the better
not until they cause problems
The pain during the extraction is said to be:
akin to childbirth
akin to stubbing a toe
What is an impacted wisdom tooth?
a tooth that has been crushed or broken
a tooth that is growing backward
a tooth that is below the gum line
True or False: It's unlikely you'll need anything more than Tylenol for post extraction pain.
How much bed rest will you need following wisdom tooth extraction?
at least 24 hours
at least a week
What can you use for post-procedure bleeding?
Should you brush your teeth during recovery?
Yes, but be careful of the sutured areas.
No, leave the mouth alone until healing can occur.
Only if you have a date
After having your wisdom teeth removed, you can expect:
swelling in the mouth and cheeks
10 days of bed rest
to speak with a cheerful British accent
True or False: You should make certain you spit after brushing your teeth.
You should avoid exercise for how many days following wisdom tooth extraction?
three to four days
about 10 days
True or False: Bacteria can enter your bloodstream as a result of infection.
True or False: Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics before and after extraction if you have a weakened immune system.
If you are a woman taking antibiotics, what should you keep in mind?
It could interfere with oral birth control.
You may have more bleeding.
Your recovery may be slower.
After having your wisdom teeth removed, it's OK to eat: