Having wisdom tooth pain? Been advised for a wisdom teeth removal? Too much medical terms? Do not worry. We have simplified the answers to all your wisdom teeth removal related questions here.
What is a Wisdom tooth?
With age comes wisdom, especially wisdom teeth. Wisdom tooth is another name for any one of the four third and last molars on each side of both jaws. They are the last permanent teeth to come in and may cause pain. Most people get these teeth in their late teens or early twenties.
What is an Impacted wisdom tooth?
Wisdom Teeth are an asset when they are healthy and properly aligned. But more often, they are misaligned. An impacted wisdom tooth is a tooth that does not have enough room to emerge or develop normally. In today’s world, due to small jaw sizes 90% people have impacted wisdom teeth.
What is impaction?
Surgical removal of impacted, improper positioned or un-erupted tooth is called impaction.
What are the causes of wisdom tooth impaction?
Some of the common reasons are
- Inadequate space
- Abnormal stiffening and immobility of a joint due to fusion of the bones.
- Disturbance in eruption
- Angulated, sharp, curved and bend roots
What are signs and symptoms that your wisdom tooth needs extraction
If you experience one or more of the following symptoms it is about time to get that wisdom tooth extracted.
- Pain at the back of the mouth, behind the molars
- Difficulty in opening the mouth
- Bad breath
- Headache or jaw ache
- Unpleasant taste
- Spasm of the Jaw muscles
- Redness and swelling of the gums around the impacted tooth.
- Swollen lymph nodes (occasionally)
Classification of impacted wisdom tooth
According to the position of the impacted wisdom tooth it can be classified as
Based on which classification your wisdom tooth comes under, the treatment and treatment cost vary.
What to tell your dentist before you have a tooth extracted?
Although tooth extraction is a very safe procedure, it can allow bacteria into blood streams. Gums and soft tissues are also at risk. Before you have a tooth removed, let your dentist know your complete medical history, all the medication you have taken and even about supplements.
What happens during wisdom tooth extraction?
The experienced Dental Surgeon generally follows these steps during the extraction procedure (though they may vary case by case)
- Local anesthesia
- Reflection of mucoperiosteal flap
- Bone removal
- Sectioning of tooth
- Elevation and tooth removal
- Debridement and smoothing of bone
- Closure- suturing
Is wisdom tooth removal painful?
You should not 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.
How long does it take to recover from a wisdom teeth removal?
- First 24 hours: Blood clots will form
- 2 to 3 days: Swelling of the mouth and cheeks should improve
- 7 days: A dentist can remove any stitches that remain
- 7 to 10 days: Jaw stiffness and soreness should go away
What is the cost of a wisdom tooth extraction?
The average cost of wisdom tooth removal can vary depending on each patient’s specific needs. the best way to determine a price is to see a dentist who can assess you correctly. How the tooth comes in and when it is removed can impact the cost of the surgery. At Partha Dentals, we have the affordable extraction treatment options for wisdom tooth at various level of grow/position.
What precaution to take after you have had a tooth extracted?
After an extraction, your dentist will send you home for recovery and it will take few days to recover.
Following are the post op instruction one should follow to avoid infection and dry socket: –
- Take pain killers as prescribed
- Bite firmly but gently on gauze pad placed by your dentist, this will reduce bleeding and allow a clot to form in socket which will accelerate healing.
- Leave gauze pad for one hour
- Apply ice pack on outside the affected area immediately after the extraction.
- Relax for at least a day after an extraction.
- Avoid rinsing or spitting forcefully for 24 hrs. after extraction.
- After 24 hrs. rinse your mouth with a homemade solution of ½ tablespoon salt and 8 ounces of warm water.
- Eat soft like cold soup, cold stew, cold rice pudding, cold food stuffs to avoid injury to soft tissue and socket. After 4 or 5 days add solid food to your diet.
- Do not drink from straw.
- Regularly wash, brush, floss your teeth and use betadine mouth wash regularly after every meal to avoid infection.
- Do not smoke for at least 1 week.
- Do not drink alcohol for at least 1 week.
Note- If you feel any discomfort, any abnormality after extraction contact your dentist immediately.
If you have more questions about your wisdom tooth extraction procedure, do not hesitate to contact our dentist near you.