Wisdom Teeth, Removal & Treatment
Wisdom teeth appear late in life, between 17-25 years of age when you are supposedly wise and mature, and hence the name. As they erupt, all the other teeth would have already settled into the available space in the mouth and the wisdom teeth typically do not get sufficient space to grow out properly. This is the reason why most people develop complications as their wisdom teeth come out.
Brunswick Dental Group specialise in all types of problems related to wisdom teeth. If you need the tooth removed then it’s a relatively simple procedure which is done routinely all over the world. Moreover, our friendly dental team will make sure that you are completely at ease during the whole process.
Not everyone may have problems with wisdom teeth, and some might not even have these molars. Since wisdom teeth do not affect the chewing ability of the teeth, even if they don’t erupt it’s not a problem.
The problem is when the teeth come out and get squeezed into a tiny space in the mouth which is already crowded with teeth. The tooth may get ‘impacted’ – this is the term used when the tooth is not able to come out smoothly and gets stuck in the gums or jaw.
There are certain situations where the removal of wisdom teeth is unavoidable. If you have persistent pain in the jaw, pain accompanied by swelling in the gums, or bleeding from the gums, you may require wisdom tooth removal. Because of the position the tooth, some people also experience difficulty in opening the jaws and while chewing. Bad breath is also a common problem because of infection that has developed in the impacted tooth.
Procedure for removing wisdom teeth
Wisdom tooth removal is done under anaesthesia. If the tooth is severely ‘impacted’, then the dentist may have to cut through the bone structure to get to it. The wound is stitched up after the teeth is removed and the area is thoroughly cleaned. If it is difficult to take out the whole tooth all at once, then dentist will break it into small pieces to ensure easy removal.
After the anaesthesia wears off, you might experience some pain. But they can be managed by pain killers. If you are in severe pain after the procedure, consult our dentist immediately.
Since wisdom tooth removal is essentially a surgery, it is important that you provide proper care to the wound to facilitate faster healing.
Be gentle with the mouth after the procedure – slowly sip water, and refrain from smoking and spitting to make sure there is no extra pressure on the wound. Rinsing mouth with lukewarm salt water regularly can also help the wound heal faster.
Post-surgery pain is typically managed by pain killers. Some bleeding can also be expected, but that will go away. Don’t worry if there is swelling in the cheek region, this is natural and will disappear in a few days’ time. Do remember to go for follow up check-ups and check with your dentist about any concerns you might have.
If you develop a fever after the procedure, check back with your dentist immediately. If there is an infection it will need to be addressed promptly. The swelling should subside within one or two days, if that doesn’t happen you need to get it examined again. Also if you feel there is some fluid or puss oozing from the wound – that also needs to be addressed as soon as possible.
Wisdom tooth removal is nothing to get scared of. You will be safe in the hands of experienced and friendly dentists at Brunswick Dental Group.
Call us for an appointment today.