Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars which erupt in your mouth during late teens or early twenties. Most commonly wisdom teeth erupt between the age of 21-23 years. As long as these teeth erupt straight, they do not cause any problem or discomfort. However if these teeth erupt sideways, partially or remain trapped within the gums, they may cause lot of complications and may require surgical intervention.
When wisdom tooth fails to erupt or push through into the mouth, it is referred to as impacted wisdom tooth. It can be either fully enclosed beneath the gums or be partially exposed into the mouth. Since wisdom teeth are last to erupt, sometimes there may be inadequate amount of space for them to erupt into the mouth. This results in development of tilted, angled or crooked wisdom tooth, which if not removed can be troublesome in the long run. Impacted wisdom tooth may crowd other teeth and may cause pain, swelling around jaw, red or swollen gums, tender or bleeding gums, jaw pain, bad breath, unpleasant taste in mouth or difficulty opening mouth. Sometimes they may also cause infections and lead to the development of cysts and tumours. Incompletely erupted teeth can lead to pocket formation where food, bacterial plaque and calculus tend to collect. This results in the cavity formation which may spread to the neighbouring teeth and cause their decay. Moreover, wisdom teeth which do not erupt may move in the direction of the adjacent tooth roots and thereby cause resorption by exerting pressure on them. Therefore it is imperative to get rid of wisdom teeth which do not erupt straight in the mouth.
At Perfect Dental® in Jamnagar, we have competent and highly skilled oral surgeons who are proficient in wisdom tooth extraction. Our team of dental professionals will thoroughly examine and evaluate the position and condition of your wisdom teeth through clinical examination and 2D or 3D X-rays, in order to determine the right treatment plan and safe surgery for you. The entire procedure of wisdom tooth removal is carried out under local anesthesia with hi-tech instrument in order to ensure a pain free and comfortable dental experience.
Frequently Asked Questions About Wisdom Tooth Removal And Their Answers
Is wisdom tooth removal painful?
There is less need to make an incision in gum if the tooth has broken through the gum. You shouldn’t feel any pain as your wisdom teeth are removed because the area will be numb. However, if you do feel pain during the procedure, tell your dentist or oral surgeon so they can give you more anesthesia.
Do they break your jaw to remove wisdom teeth?
Although it is sometimes believed by patients that it might be necessary to “break the jaw” to remove difficult wisdom teeth, this is never the case. However, the lower jaw may be weakened for a period of weeks or occasionally months following removal of any deep wisdom tooth.
How bad is wisdom teeth removal?
Most wisdom tooth extractions don’t result in long-term complications. Rare complications can include: Painful dry socket or exposure of bone when the post-surgical blood clot is lost from the site of the surgical wound (socket) Infection in the socket from bacteria or trapped food particles.
How long after wisdom teeth removal can I eat normally?
You should wait at least a week to eat any crunchy, chewy or spicy foods. Avoid acidic foods that can irritate tissue and cause pain in the healing surgical sites. Recovering from wisdom tooth surgery can take anywhere from a few days to a couple weeks but most people begin to feel better after about three days.
Should I remove all wisdom teeth at once?
Even if all four wisdom teeth are free of infection and not causing pain or if only one tooth is problematic, Our best dentists or Oral Surgeons in Jamnagar at Perfect Dental® may still recommend they all be removed. This is the standard prophylactic protocol followed worldwide.
How long does it take to remove 4 wisdom teeth?
Of course, every case is different, some taking longer than others. Recognizing that often all 4 wisdom teeth are removed in one visit, it will usually take less than 1 hour for treatment to be completed, if the wisdom teeth were fully erupted.
When can I stop worrying about dry socket?
This risk is present until you’re fully healed, which may take 7 to 10 days in many cases. Dry socket occurs when the blood clot that should have formed in the socket after your extraction is either accidentally removed or never formed in the first place. Dry socket is no longer a risk once the site is healed.
Following is a guide to what you should expect and what care or precautions you should take after tooth removal or Extraction is done on you:
What You Should Expect
- It is common to experience mild pain and/or swelling for approximately 3 days. If pain and/or swelling persist for more than 3 days, please contact us.
- If you experience severe pain and/or swelling, contact us immediately.
- Use ice pack or cold pack as directed for reducing swelling.
- Small blood spots while spitting or minor bleeding for a day or two is common after tooth extraction. If there is a profuse (excessive) bleeding, please contact us immediately.
- If the procedure was done under local anesthesia, you may feel numbness for 3-4 hours in certain parts of your mouth and face. If numbness persists for more than 12 hours, please contact us.
- You may experience facial muscle soreness due to excessive opening of mouth. Contact us and we will determine if you need any medication for the same. Use warm towel pack or hot water bag to apply on area of muscle soreness only after 72 hours.
- Practice opening and closing of mouth after 24 hours. It is essential to keep your facial muscle moving.
- If you have been given sutures (stitches) you will have to come to our dental center after 7 days for its removal, unless advised otherwise.
What Care Or Precautions You Should Take
- Keep the gauze dressing pressed with your opposing teeth or jaw for 1 hour.
- It is essential to keep the gauze dressing pressed so do not speak or try to eat or drink anything for 1 hour till gauze dressing is in mouth.
- Remove the gauze dressing exactly after 1 hour of its placement.
- Do not go to sleep while gauze is in mouth.
- Once you remove gauze dressing after 1 hour and if the bleeding has stopped, you can take 1 cup of ice cream (plain vanilla is preferable), juice or milkshake and take medication as directed to avoid pain after the anesthesia wears off.
- Once you remove gauze dressing after 1 hour, if there is persistent profuse (excessive) bleeding, place a new gauze dressing and keep it pressed with your opposing teeth or jaw and contact us immediately.
- Avoid hot food and drinks like very hot tea or coffee for first 24 hours and preferably 48 hours.
- Eat soft and cold diet that does not require too much chewing.
- Avoid crunchy foods like chips for 1 week.
- Do not use straw for drinking any liquids for 48 hours.
- Do not drink carbonated drinks for 1 week.
- Use opposite side of your mouth for chewing and not the side from where tooth is removed at least for 24 hours.
- Avoid smoking and tobacco chewing strictly for first 48 hours.
- Do not spit, rinse or gargle for first 24 hours after tooth extraction.
- If anesthesia was given in lower jaw then please avoid eating anything until the anesthesia wears off and the numbness is gone.
- Do not brush or floss for the first 24 hours after tooth extraction.
- Continue gentle brushing and flossing twice daily only after 24 hours of procedure. Care should be taken to avoid rinsing forcefully after brushing. Good oral hygiene is a key to success of treatment.
- Gently Rinse your mouth with water after every meal after 48 hours of extraction.
- If you have been prescribed any medication, take it regularly according to prescription and do not alter the schedule or duration of medication without consulting your dentist.
- If you have been given sutures (stitches) care should be taken to not to pull them out while chewing and brushing.
– Bleeding is profuse (choking on blood).
– Bleeding is continuous (still changing bright red gauze after 24 hours).
– Severe pain not well controlled by medications.
– Rash, hives or difficulty breathing after taking the medications that suggest an allergic reactions.
– Persistent fever lasting more than 24 hours.
– Discharge coming out from the surgical site.
– If a tooth was removed from the upper jaw and when you drink any fluid and it is coming out of nose.
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