Wisdom teeth are the last of the teeth that becomes impacted sometimes, or stuck below the surface of your gums, causing complications.
Many people, however, develop impacted wisdom teeth — teeth that don't have enough space in the mouth to grow naturally thus creating complications.
An impacted wisdom tooth may:
- Grow at an angle toward the next tooth (second molar)
- Grow at an angle to the back of the mouth
- Grow at a right angle to the other teeth,
- Grow straight up or down like other teeth but stay trapped within the jawbone
What are the indications for the removal of the impacted wisdom teeth?
- Damage to the next tooth
- Development of a fluid-filled sac (cyst) around the wisdom tooth
- Damage to surrounding bone
- Complications with orthodontic treatments
Analyzing your condition, your dentist will recommend whether you require extraction or simply leave the wisdom teeth as it is.
Is extraction of teeth a painful procedure?
Relax! It’s totally a painless procedure. A patient needs to follow various pain management procedures before and after the extraction of the teeth. Before extraction it is always advised to start a course of antibiotics & analgesics to minimize the infection thereby reduce the pain. Also local anesthesia is given before the procedure thereby making it a relatively painless procedure. However proper post-extraction care is also required.
What is the post - extraction instructions?
- It is recommended not to spit or talk for half an hour after the extraction of the tooth.
- Apply ice from outside, i.e. externally in the area where the tooth was extracted.
- No eating for half an hour.
- Restrict your diet to something soft and cold for that particular day.
- Continue the medicinies for the number of days as prescribed.