Wisdom tooth extraction:
Wisdom tooth extraction is a minor surgery in which the patient is under anesthesia. The dentist will make a cut on the gum to extract the third molar. We may also remove a wisdom tooth for fixing braces.
Reason for wisdom tooth extraction:
• They’re impacted.
• They come in at the wrong angle.
• Your mouth isn’t big enough.
• You have cavities or gum disease.
There are times when a complication in the jaw prevents the wisdom tooth from fully emerging. The structure of the jaw does not allow for it. Thus, the tooth twists or it grows in a wrong position. Plus, it also starts exerting pressure on other teeth and causes crowding, this condition is known as impaction of teeth and it is very painful. If this is the case, professional treatment is necessary.
Some dentists recommend removing wisdom teeth in younger years when they do not develop roots properly.
How will you know it, If a wisdom tooth is impacted?
Not necessarily. A tooth can be impacted without causing pain. But the dentist can see the position of your wisdom teeth on a dental x-ray and help you make an informed decision as to whether they should stay or go. it’s a completely safe process. It will be most important to make sure you are reaching those teeth with your brush and floss, and that you keep going to your regular professional cleanings at the dental office. All healthy teeth are needed to take care.
• Pain and irritation from a tooth coming in a particular place and rubbing against your cheek, tongue, and top or bottom of your mouth.
• Bleeding and swelling in the flap of gum tissue that has formed on top of an impacted tooth that has broken partway through the gum.
• Crowding of other teeth.
• Tooth decay/gum disease if there isn’t enough room to properly clean your wisdom tooth and nearby teeth.
Most common problems with wisdom teeth affect people between the ages of 15 and 25. People older than 30 usually don’t have problems that require their wisdom teeth to be extracted.
The procedure of extraction:
Wisdom teeth that cause problems should be removed. This can be done by a dentist/oral surgeon.
The dentist/oral surgeon will open the gum tissue over the tooth if needed and remove the tooth.
Some of the times a tooth will be cut into smaller pieces to make surgery easier to take out the tooth. After the tooth extraction completed, you may need stitches.
If you have an infection, you may need to wait until it is gone before you have your wisdom teeth removed. The dentist/surgeon may prescribe antibiotics to help clear up the infection.
While you wait to have the teeth extracted, you can take steps to reduce pain and swelling.
• Put an ice pack on your cheek for 15 to 20 minutes at a time. Don’t use heat.
• Rinse your mouth gently with warm salt water every 2 to 3 hours. To make your own salt water, mix 1 tsp (5 g) of salt in a cup [8 fl oz (240 mL)] of warm water.
• Try an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen or naproxen. Carefully read and follow the directions. Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than 20 because of the risk of Reye syndrome, a rare but serious disease.
Don’t put an aspirin directly on your gums. Aspirin used in this way can damage your gums.
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