Are your wisdom teeth bothering you?

Are your wisdom teeth bothering you?

Posted by AMAYA DENTAL on Jan 15 2021, 09:38 AM

Have you been experiencing severe pain in the jaws, especially near the wisdom teeth? This could be due to an oral concern called impacted wisdom teeth - a condition characterized by severe pain and risk of developing an infection. Some of the factors influencing this condition are disproportionate jawbone size, heredity, injury to the jaws, the socket's smaller size, etc. The best solution to get rid of this condition is by removing the impacted teeth entirely from the mouth.

What are the symptoms of impacted teeth?

  • Patients usually experience severe pain near the affected tooth when they bite or chew food, brush the teeth, etc.
  • Risk of developing gum diseases
  • If the condition is left untreated for a while, it can significantly increase the risk of developing oral infections
  • Discharge of pus and blood from the gums near the tooth
  • Deterioration of the underlying jawbone
  • The healthy molars adjoining the impacted wisdom teeth may sustain damage due to bony impaction.

Is impacted wisdom teeth extraction necessary?

In most individuals, the wisdom teeth erupt in their late teens without any hassle, just like any other tooth. The wisdom teeth usually erupt at an angle, and when they do, they may impact against the roots of the adjoining teeth. Leaving them untreated can lead to severe damage to the underlying jawbone and nearby teeth, which can lead to further tooth loss. If food residues get lodged near such teeth, it can lead to microbial growth and the formation of an abscess. Hence, we recommend getting the impacted tooth removed at the earliest to save yourself from all the pain and inconvenience.

How are impacted teeth extracted?

Impacted wisdom teeth are extracted just like any other tooth. In rare instances, we may have to section off the tooth into smaller fragments and extract them individually. We administer local sedatives to numb the tooth and surrounding tissues to prevent pain and discomfort. The tooth will be gripped firmly using dental forceps and extracted in one motion. Patients wouldn't feel any pain during this and are said to experience a slight sensation of pressure. After the extraction, we will place a piece of gauze near the site of extraction to stop bleeding and enable the formation of a clot. We will suggest suitable antibiotic medication to allow optimum healing.

Please reach out to us if you're experiencing pain near the wisdom teeth, and we can further discuss the diagnosis and treatment.

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