Your wisdom teeth sets are placed right at the back of your mouth and are known to be the third and the last molars of the upper and lower jaws. Wisdom teeth are also known to be the last set of teeth to erupt. These teeth erupt when patients are in their early twenties.
Wisdom teeth removal – Sign and Symptoms
Your wisdom teeth needn’t pose a threat or cause damage if they are on track in terms of growth and development. Sometimes, wisdom teeth may be the potential reason why bacteria prevails and multiplies, and this happens only in cases when teeth are impacted or only have emerged partially. Such teeth can clog in bacteria and other food creating an environment that may lead to the tooth’s decay. In such cases, a wisdom tooth extraction is the best remedy to save your remaining teeth.
Common sign and symptoms that suggests that the patient is in need of a wisdom tooth extraction are:
When wisdom teeth began to trap food leading to cavity-causing bacteria to grow
When wisdom teeth haven’t erupted correctly leading to the formation of impacted teeth
When the patient complains of severe pain, stiffness, and swelling in the jawbone
When teeth are overcrowded in general
What is wisdom tooth extraction?
Wisdom tooth removal or extraction is a dental surgical procedure, generally performed by an oral surgeon to remove one or more wisdom teeth. Being the last set of molars to erupt, its removal is solely decided after the dentist’s close examination. Most symptoms for a wisdom tooth removal begins with acute pain that progresses into unbearable pain.
What does the procedure of wisdom tooth removal involve?
The procedure would involve a careful incision in the gum line that’d help expose the tooth and bone area. The dentist would carefully remove the tooth and clear away any debris that might have accumulated in the gum line. The gums are stitched back. A gauze would be placed over the extraction site to control any bleeding.
Post the procedure, the patient would have to be careful until the tissues near the gums have healed. A soft diet would be recommended for a few days where extreme cold or hot food must be avoided. Patients can rinse their mouth with warm salt water after every meal. Patients can also resume normal brushing and flossing after the first day or two but must be cautious not to disturb the surgical site. Any signs of swelling can be cured with ice packs that would subside after the first two days. It is important to avoid infecting the extraction site.
Request an appointment at Tahoe Dental Arts, today to find out more about wisdom tooth extraction. Call us at (530) 541-8229 or schedule an appointment online.