Wisdom Tooth Extractions (Removal)

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Wisdom teeth are third and last molars on each side of the upper and lower jaws. These are also the final teeth to erupt, usually in the late teens or early twenties. When they arrive properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not generally happen.

Impacted teeth means that they are “stuck” and cannot erupt normally. This is a problem that frequently happens to wisdom teeth. And since these teeth are in the back of the jaw and hard to clean, they can develop painful infections and a myriad of other problems. Wisdom teeth have no functional use, dentists often recommend extraction of such teeth if they may or do develop problems.

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Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Usually wisdom tooth extraction may be done to correct existing problems or to complications that may develop in the future. Some of the problems that wisdom teeth can cause or may develop are:

  • Ear ache.

  • Pain or swelling around wisdom tooth.

  • Ulcers around the cheek.

  • Bad breath or taste.

  • Swollen glands.

Reasons For Extractions

Usually wisdom tooth extraction may be done to correct existing problems or to complications that may develop in the future. Some of the problems that wisdom teeth can cause or may develop are:

  • Improve care of wisdom teeth can lead to oral infections. These may often lead to other diseases like diabetes, stroke, cardiovascular disease and blood clots.

  • Your jaw is simply too small to hold them. They may become impacted and are unable to arrive because of the lack of space.

  • Wisdom teeth can sometimes erupt partway through your gums. These attract food particles to get stuck in them. These teeth are notoriously hard to clean with a toothbrush or floss. The surrounding gums can become swollen and painful or in worst case become infected.

  • Wisdom tooth may arrive at an awkward angle. They could be facing sideway and push on other teeth, or even be facing outside or inside.

  • They can cause other serious problems like damage to gums or bone. This may seriously hurt your other health teeth.

  • As you get older, they are harder to remove. They chances of damage to gems and surrounding tissue increases.

After the Surgery

In most cases, the recovery time for the surgery is only a few days. Take the medication prescribed to you by your oral surgeon. The following tips will you manage your pain & other symptoms:

  • Pain - An ice pack held close to the jaw will also help with pain. You may apply an ice pack for 15-20 minutes at a time during the first 24 hours. You may use a pain reliever that your dentist has prescribed to you. Please check with your doctor before taking any medication. Also, let your doctor know if the pain increases or becomes unmanageable.

  • Exercise / Activity - You should expect to rest up to 1 day after the surgery day. Resume normal activity after that. Avoid heavy exercise for at least 1 week. Strenuous exercise like running or lifting weights can increase the chance of bleeding.

  • Cleaning - You will advised by your doctor when to start resume brushing and cleaning your teeth. Doctors typically ask patients to avoid brushing & flossing for 24 hours. After that period, be very gentle with cleaning near the extraction area. Rinse with warm salt water every two hours and after meals for 7 days.

  • Bleeding - Bite gently on the gauze pad over the extraction area. If the gauge pad becomes soaked with blood, change the pad with a new one. Call your dentist if the bleeding becomes excessive or does not stop within 24 hours of your surgery. Try to avoid excessive spitting.

  • Food - Only eat soft foods for 24 hours after the surgery. Avoid foods that are too hot or too cold. Start eating semi-soft foods when you can tolerate them. Avoid eating crunchy, hard, hot or spicy foods that may get stuck and irritate the extraction area.

  • Drinks - Drinks lots of water. Avoid alcoholic drinks (beer, whiskey etc). Avoid caffeinated drinks (tea, coffee, Red Bull). Don’t use a straw to drink for a few days.

  • Tobacco - Using tobacco or tobacco related products can cause severe complications and increase the recovery time of the wound. Don’t chew tobacco (or zarda & pan masala) at least 7 days after surgery. Don’t smoke (cigarettes, bidi, hookah etc) at least 3 days after surgery.

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