Wisdom Teeth

Also Known as your third Molar ( we are not sure about the wisdom part ) they usually don’t push through the gums until your late teens , early Twenties , they are the last teeth to erupt.
As Your mouth goes through many changes in your lifetime. One major dental milestone that usually takes place between the ages of 17 and 21 is the appearance of your third molars. Historically, these teeth have been called wisdom teeth because they come through at a more mature age., most people have 4 wisdom teeth yet some people have no wisdom teeth.
If there was a tooth popularity test , the wisdom tooth would come last, sadly for them they have a Very bad reputation over the years as they usually Cause pain due to Hidden Deep Decay as it could become very challenging to keep that area clean( Ask your Dentist about tips and tricks to clean them ) and they tend to get impacted (wedged) if they don’t have enough space causing pressure on neighboring teeth, Gums and nerves Causing an inflammation, infection and an Abscess sometimes which subsequently may progress to a Facial swelling or a Continuous source of Pain therefore you should have a routine Dental examination to identify any ongoing issues related to your wisdom teeth.
Not all wisdom teeth need to be extracted.
So When they come through correctly, healthy wisdom teeth can help you chew. It’s normal to feel a little discomfort when your wisdom teeth appear (Adult phase of baby teething) , but if you have pain, see your dentist immediately as early intervention and treatment always have a Better outcome.
Some impacted wisdom teeth remain in place and Cause no Trouble .
Yet if your Wisdom teeth are Causing Pain ,Infection,ulcers , Trapping food , Have a Cyst or Causing Resorption of the Neighboring tooth your dentist May recommend Extracting them.
it is imperative that wisdom teeth are examined regularly by your Dentist to determine the proper diagnosis and follow up on your dental Hygiene.
Pericoronitis(inflammation of Gum around the erupting tooth ) is one of the most common indications for emergency extraction of a wisdom tooth and It typically happens when there isn’t enough room for all of the teeth in the lower jaw.
Infection symptoms are red, swollen gum tissue behind the last visible molar, bad taste, smell, pain with biting in the back teeth, and sometimes pus oozing and draining from the area. Occasionally, the infection will lead to swelling of the gum tissue, cheek, or other area around the affected side of the jaw. Swelling can cause pressure on adjacent structures and can radiate to the ear causing an intense earache . Sometimes an ear infection or a Sinus infection can cause pain that radiates to the teeth as well, so it is very important to get examined whenever there is any suspicion of an infection.
Impacted wisdom teeth may cause problems like
1-Infection: Impacted teeth may cause inflammation and infection which subsequently may Cause pain, swelling, Jaw stiffness, and Bad breath and an unpleasant taste.
2- Resorption of Neighbouring teeth due to pressure and angulation
3-Cyst as impacted the teeth may be accompanied by a Sac of Fluid around the tooth that may destroy the bone and the other teeth and gums , Cyst Formation around unerupted teeth is Common
4-Deep decay , due to malalignment of the wisdom tooth it may form a food trap that is not easy to clean causing deep Caries Cavity at the wisdom tooth and Neighboring teeth.
If there is swelling, infection ,Fever or intense pain, priority needs to be given to getting the wisdom teeth out as soon as possible. Antibiotics may be prescribed to help keep an infection from getting worse or spreading through the Facial airway spaces , in case of Difficulty of swallowing or Breathing we advice going to the Emergency room for IV Antibiotics .
Warm saltwater rinse or antibacterial mouth rinse and painkillers can be used as short-term remedies for tooth pain until The swelling go Down in order to be able to Have efficient Anesthesia for the Procedure.
Your Dentist will asses your wisdom tooth and the complexity of the extraction and let you know if it will need To be extracted by an Oral Surgeon and will refer you and follow up on you .
At Dentocalm we have Nitrous Oxide that we may provide to decrease anxiety , we also use the Wand which is the painless Anesthesia Technique ( computerized pain-free delivery system for providing local anesthetic.).
you will be sufficiently numb you wont feel pain , yet you may feel light pressure which is Normal you may be prescribed Pain killers to help you with pain after the numbing wears off ,We Do our best to make the procedure smooth and pain and stress free.
After the extraction a gauze pad will be placed over the surgical area it should be kept in place for half anhour. After this time, the gauze pad should be removed and discarded.
Vigorous mouth rinsing or touching the wound area following surgery should be avoided. This may initiate bleeding by causing the blood clot that has formed to become dislodged (which may cause dry soket which is a painful condition)
Take the prescribed pain medications as soon as you begin to feel discomfort. This will usually coincide with the local anaesthetic becoming diminished, we usually advice on taking pain killers before the anaesthesia wear off.
Restrict your activities the day of surgery and resume normal activity when you feel comfortable.
Stop smoking for at least 24 hours to prevent the Occurrence of a Dry Socket (very Painful) Place ice packs on the side of your face where surgery was performed.
Sutures which are placed in the area of surgery to minimize post-operative bleeding and to help healing , Sometimes the sutures disintegrate early or are dislodged. This is no cause for alarm, simply remove the suture from your mouth and discard it. The sutures will dissolve or be removed approximately one or two weeks after surgery. The removal of sutures requires no anesthesia or needles. The procedure takes only a minute or so, and there is minimal discomfort associated with this procedure.
There will be a hole or opening where the tooth was removed. In the coming months the cavity will gradually fill in with the new tissue. In the meantime, the area should be kept clean, especially after meals, with salt water rinses or a toothbrush.
Your case is individual, no two mouths are alike. Do not accept well intended advice from friends. Discuss your problem with the person who is able to effectively help you which is your Dentist you will be booked an appointment for follow up so your dentist may follow up on your healing and update you.

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