Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars that most people get during their late adolescent period or early twenties. While some wisdom teeth set in without one realising its presence, some people may experience pain due to the eruption of gum and misalignment of teeth that crash the adjacent teeth. This condition is also known as impacted teeth whereby the wisdom tooth causes overcrowding of teeth in the mouth leading to discomfort. The occurrence may also lead to gum infection, tooth decay and damage to other teeth. Sometimes lymph glands under the jaw tend to become swollen and sore as a result of recurring infections. As such, wisdom tooth removal is essential to attenuate these dreadful oral problems. Our dentists will examine your teeth closely and suggest the optimized wisdom tooth removal plan based on the development stage and position of the particular wisdom tooth. Generally, a wisdom tooth that is fully erupted through the gum can be extracted as easily as any other tooth. However, a wisdom tooth that is underneath the gum and has rooted in the jawbone will require an incision into the gum, subsequently removal of the wisdom tooth and the underlying bone portion.
Care After Removal
After getting your wisdom tooth removed, our dentist would definitely advise on ways to take care of your mouth to prevent any complications and to speed up recovery. Pain and swelling are most likely to occur while there may also be bleeding. To control bleeding, lightly bite down on a clean cotton pad and apply constant pressure repeatedly. However, you should seek our consultation if severe bleeding occurs. Within 24 hours after the extraction, teeth brushing, mouth rinsing and spitting should be avoided as not to dislodge the blood clot on the healing gum. After which you can gently brush your teeth and rinse your mouth with warm salt water for a few days to keep hygienic. As for food intake, soft diet or liquid food should be taken for a few days while hot and stimulating beverages such as coffee, tea, alcohol and soft drinks should be avoided. For pain management, pain reliever medication given by us can be consumed or seek pharmacist’s advice. As to help with swelling, an ice pack would be useful to be placed at the jaw area to relieve inflammation and ease discomfort. These are the care measures to be followed during the recovery time.
Why wisdom tooth need to be removed?
Although wisdom tooth eruption does not necessarily call for a removal, people experiencing discomfort and pain originated from a wisdom tooth should have it removed. Not only will the pain be unbearable and reduce the quality of life, it is most likely to impact the gum and adjacent teeth causing gum infection as well as tooth decay problems. Sometimes wisdom tooth will be advised to remove for orthodontic purposes too.Be sure to check with your dentist.
What are the oral issues caused by wisdom tooth?
While some people have wisdom tooth eruption without affecting the neighbouring teeth, overcrowding of teeth is most likely to occur when there isn’t sufficient space for the molar or the wisdom tooth erupts at a misaligned angle position. This condition impacting the neighbouring teeth and gum may lead to painful gum, gum infection, tooth decay, bad breath and damage to other teeth.
What is the recovery time after wisdom tooth removal?
Recovery time from pain or discomfort is usually hours or few days following a wisdom tooth removal procedure. It may take several days to few weeks for a person to be fully recovered based on individual condition but usually the discomfort feeling will only last few days . During this period, we will advise on the do’s and don’ts in order to promote healing and prevent any post-surgery complications.
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