WHAT ARE WISDOM TEETH?
Wisdom teeth often known as third molars are the last teeth to erupt. One usually gets them between the age of 17-25 years. However, even instances of the eruption in late adulthood are common.
What problems can an impacted third molar cause?
If the third molar is impacted it can cause infection in the oral cavity leading to a painful term called pericoronitis.If left untreated the pain can radiate to the neck or ears or also lead to an inability to open the mouth completely, a condition called trismus.
Reasons to get the third molar extracted:
- Third molars do not aid in chewing food
- Third molars are difficult to brush and thus are more susceptible to decay
- They are not part of esthetics and do not affect the smile
- If decayed it is difficult to treat them as they are difficult to access and 5. Their roots are usually curved making root canal treatment difficult.
- They can cause crowding
- They can cause pressure on adjacent tooth causing it to decay.
SYMPTOMS TO GET WISDOM TEETH REMOVED
- Pain behind molars which can increase with time.
- Redness, swelling, tenderness which can lead to infection
- Foul breath, bad taste can also be detected due to wisdom teeth
- Jaw pain and stiffness
SHOULD WISDOM TEETH BE REMOVED?
Wisdom teeth may/should be removed in case of any understated problems. Your dentist will be able to help and guide you with diagnosis:
Crowding: The adjacent teeth are getting harmed. Because of the misalignment wisdom teeth if erupts in the wrong angle then it can harm other teeth.
Jaw Damage: Wisdom teeth can damage your nerves making the jaw hollow.
Sinus Issue: Wisdom teeth can be a reason for sinus pain and congestion.
Gum Problem: It will be difficult to clean the area which results in swelling of the tissue.
Gaps in Gums: The pocket is created due to swollen gums thus helping in the process of decay
Tooth removal care:
- Avoid vigorous rinsing and touching the area.
- If you start feeling discomfort take the prescribed medicines.
- A certain amount of bleeding is expected, however, if the bleeding exceeds then visit your dentist immediately.
- Swelling around mouth and cheeks is common for a couple of days.
- Be on a liquid diet for the first few days. Avoid the use of straw.
- Do brush twice a day but make sure you are gentle on rinsing.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Do Wisdom Teeth Need To Be Removed?
If it has grown fully and without any hassle, then it is not needed to remove wisdom teeth but if they are positioned wrong or are impacted then it becomes necessary to remove the same.
2. Do They Put You On Anesthesia For The Procedure?
Dental professionals usually numb the area of removal giving local anesthesia and do not push on giving a sedative.
3. How Long Does The Pain Last After The Removal Of Wisdom Teeth?
The pain might last for a couple of days along with a little swelling but it subsides in a few days.
- Type of service
- Clear Aligners