16 April 2021
WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL – ELITE DENTAL CARE, TRACY
One of the common dental procedure most people, especially young adults go through is wisdom teeth removal. ‘Wisdom teeth’, the name does not mean that these teeth make you any smarter. They are called so because they erupt in the grown-up ages. So what are wisdom teeth, and why is wisdom tooth removal necessary? Find your answers below.
WHAT ARE WISDOM TEETH?
Wisdom teeth are the last set of teeth that appear in your mouth. These are the third set of molars at the extreme back of the mouth, two on top and two on the bottom jaw. These teeth appear in your later teens or early adulthood, somewhere between the age of 17 to 24. These are the widest and the toughest teeth used to grind the food. When you get all the wisdom teeth, your teeth count comes to a perfect 32. However, most adults do not receive all of the wisdom teeth and lack one or two.
WHY DIDN’T THE WISDOM TEETH ERUPT?
Over time due to our diet and dental habits, the shape of the jaws change and hence wisdom teeth though are available, they do not erupt. They remain dormant in the jawbone for years. Though most people lack wisdom teeth these days, it’s nothing to worry about. Your normal biting, chewing and speaking will not be hindered because of missing wisdom teeth. In fact, if you lack wisdom teeth, you can be happy that you’ll not have to suffer from wisdom teeth problems.
WHY IS WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL NECESSARY?
When the shape of your jaw changes, there is no enough space for the wisdom teeth to erupt and grow. They begin to erupt from a changed location and inflict pain on the adjacent teeth. This is known as the impacted wisdom teeth. These impacted teeth are highly prone to teeth decay and other dental problems. Teeth crowding is another issue that occurs due to impacted wisdom teeth. Also, these impacted teeth partially erupt through the gums paving way for bacterial settlement. Bacteria cause infection, which again leads to swelling in the jaw. Sometimes brushing and flossing of teeth become difficult due to misaligned teeth. Hence it is better to remove the wisdom teeth if the above said problems exist.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS FOR IMPACTED WISDOM TEETH?
• Red, swollen and bleeding gums
• Pain behind the molars
• Bad breath and bad taste
• Jaw pain
• Trapping of food and debris behind the wisdom teeth
Your dentist examines your dental health and checks for issues with wisdom teeth. They might ask you questions on what troubles you are facing, etc. Give them all the required details and also, mention if you are allergic to any particular anesthesia as anesthesia would be used during the surgery. Ask the necessary questions and clear all your doubts regarding how long should you be hungry before the surgery and whether you can consume your regular medicines on the day of surgery, etc.
PROCEDURE FOR WISDOM TEETH EXTRACTION
Anesthesia is administered to make the affected area numb, and then the dental workers begin their work. Firstly they make an incision in the gum tissue to expose the tooth and bone. Following that, they remove the bone that blocks the tooth root. When the root is exposed, the tooth is broken into pieces and then removed. After removal, the treated site gets thoroughly cleaned to remove the debris, and the wound is stitched. A gauze is installed over the treated site to control the bleeding.
Bleeding may continue even after the procedure, at least for a couple of days. Keep the gauze intact that can help blood clotting and replace it as instructed by the dentist. Consume the pain relievers prescribed by the dentist and massage the treated site with an ice pack for better relief and to avoid swelling. Do not consume hot beverages, sugary drinks or acidic drinks for at least a day and eat only soft foods that do not exert much pressure on the teeth. Consume cold foods to feel better. Brushing or flossing has to be avoided for 24 hours, instead, you can rinse your mouth and use mouthwash. Take the best care of your teeth to avoid any debris settlement.
Wisdom tooth extraction is one of the common procedures among adults, and hence nothing to be afraid of. The most crucial point to be noted is that the best dental care is necessary for your dental health post-surgery. Do not compromise with your oral health and follow dental hygiene. If you wish to extract your wisdom tooth, visit our clinic, The Elite Dental Care for a painless procedure. We provide more dental health tips on https://theelitedental.com