Third Molars | Oral surgery | Why | Aftercare | Making Our Neighbors Smile

The wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars, in an individual’s natural dentition generally make an appearance between the ages of 17 to 25. MWisdom Tooth Extraction Frisco TXost often people develop four of them, although instances of individuals having fewer than four have also been observed. In rare cases, people can have more than four. The extras are known as supernumerary teeth. As wisdom teeth begin to make an appearance they generally impact the surrounding ones as they mature.

Safe Wisdom Tooth Removal

On many occasions, wisdom teeth can become impacted and grow in sidelong which in most cases calls for extraction to be performed similar to a regular tooth extraction.

The development of any wisdom tooth is unlikely to cause pain and problems when they begin to develop. In such situations, one may experience minor discomfort as they begin to appear in your mouth.

Problems usually begin when enough space is not available for them to come in and it begins putting pressure on the surrounding teeth. Also, if the wisdom ones cannot come in because of the limited space, problems such as food particles getting easily stuck between causing infections is also a risk.

Oral Surgery For Wisdom Teeth

Are you experiencing pain because your wisdom teeth are infected? If yes, most likely they need to be extracted because it can lead to peritonitis which is dental disorder where the gum tissue gets swollen and infected. Here’s how it’s done:

Step 1 — At the beginning of the procedure the mouth will be numbed with a local anesthetic. However, if you are overly anxious you may even be given a light sedative such as nitrous oxide [laughing gas] or perhaps an oral sedative.

Step 2 — In some cases, a small cut in the gum must be made to split the tooth into smaller pieces in order to remove them. The time taken for the procedure may vary from one patient to another.

Step 3 — Swelling and discomfort may be experienced after the procedure. This is a common occurrence which generally subsides within a few days.

Why remove third molars?

Wisdom teeth are the final ones in the mouth to develop. When they emerge properly aligned and the individual has healthy gums they may not require extraction. However many instances have been observed when they do develop with issues. Extractions become necessary when the teeth do not align properly or begin to affect the gum tissue. They may begin to emerge sideways which can make them remain trapped under the gum or the bone.

Misalignment can cause a number of issues because they are only making a partial appearance. The crack which surrounds the tooth provides an opening for bacteria to grow which is a potential cause for infection. Some of the symptoms are swelling, stiffness, fever and pain. The pressure of the emerging wisdoms may cause other teeth to shift and disrupt their position. Additional, more serious problems such as tumors and cysts could also appear around the affected one, possibly leading to the destruction of the jawbone. Deciding to have the affected tooth removed removes the risk for these oral health problems.

Many specialists look at x-rays of the teeth and recommend wisdom tooth extraction as a preventative treatment. Here are some reasons they recommend removal.

  • It becomes impacted. A wisdom tooth is impacted when it doesn’t fully erupt in the gum because it is blocked by another tooth.
  • Hard to clean. Dental experts recommend extraction because the teeth are far back in the mouth, and it will be really hard to take care of.
  • May cause crowding. The teeth coming in may crowd the other teeth in the mouth. This is a major concern, particularly with people who already have a crowded mouth.

Post Operative Instructions

  • Swelling – Swelling and inflammation is a common occurrence after the procedure. You can place a cold compress on the exterior of your mouth for about 25 minutes at a time. This method can be used after the extraction has been completed to reduce the swelling and bruising.

  • Bleeding – Bleeding is common, therefore keep a gauze pad over the affected area for about 30 minutes after the procedure.

  • Dental care – It is essential to avoid eating, speaking or drinking for the first couple of hours after treatment. You should plan to rest afterwards. To avoid displacing the blood clot that is forming, do not use a straw when drinking. Ensure that you brush gently whenever needed.

  • Eating – After the bleeding has subsided entirely have plenty of water to hydrate yourself. Exercise some caution when eating regular foods. Eat softer foods if possible. Avoid carbonated beverages to prevent the dislodging of blood clots.

  • Medications – Take the medications and antibiotics as prescribed.. Remember if you have been advised strong pain-relieving medications you should avoid driving or operating machinery and avoid alcoholic beverages.

According to ADA, “The blood clots that forms in the tooth socket is an important part of the normal healing process. You should avoid doing things that might disturb the clot.”

Read: Tips for Wisdom Teeth Removal Extraction Post-Operative Care

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