Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom Tooth Extraction

What are wisdom teeth?

The wisdom tooth is another name for any one of four third molars found in the permanent dentition (adult teeth). These teeth are the last or most posterior teeth in the dental arch. Although most people have wisdom teeth, it is possible for some or all of the third molars to never develop. It is also possible for a person to have more than four wisdom teeth. In many individuals, the wisdom teeth aren’t visible because they have become impacted (not normally erupted through the gums) under the gingival tissue.

What are signs and symptoms of an infected wisdom tooth?

Pericoronitis is one of the most common indications for emergency extraction of a wisdom tooth and 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 suspicion of infection.

When To Remove The Wisdom Tooth?

The best time to get rid of this problem is as early as possible. Right from when it starts erupting, one should consult a dentist. In the initial stage, the roots are not developed entirely and thus can be removed easily. However, a wisdom tooth is typically removed when there are the following risks:
  • Risk of infection
  • Risk of impacted teeth
  • Risk of affecting healthy teeth near an impacted wisdom tooth
  • Risk of developing cysts or tumour

What To Expect From The Wisdom Tooth Surgery?

  • Sinus issues due to inflammation
  • Trapped food and bacteria causing infection in the sockets
  • Weaken jawbones
  • Nerve damage to the lower lip, chin, or tongue
  • Spread of infection in the surrounding area

At City Dental Care, we believe in offering all-round protection to our patient’s dental health. Therefore, our dental services including third molar extraction procedures are accustomed to suit patients of all ages and treat them with comfort to attain a soothing recovery. Visit City Dental Care to know more about our dental treatments.

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