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What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth often known as third molars are the last teeth to erupt in arch. One usually gets them in late teens or early twenties. However, even instances of eruption in late adulthood are common too. If they erupt smoothly and without any interruption, then they can be used as an asset. But the problem with third molars is that they do not erupt properly or are misaligned, they would need to be extracted. If they are not poorly aligned, then they can damage the adjacent teeth.

What Problems Can A Wisdom Tooth Cause?

wisdom teeth remain intact in the soft tissue or bone and can partially break or erupt through gums.If they remain partially open, then the chances of bacteria entering the tooth are high which may cause infection & lead to the swelling in the jaw, pain and general illness.Because of the misaligned positioning of the jaw, it will become difficult to brush or floss making the tooth prone to decay and gum disease for adjacent tooth.There’re 4 set of wisdom teeth two on each upper and lower jaw.Nowadays, majorly due to lifestyle changes people do not get wisdom teeth. This is because the jaws do not develop completely & properly which restrain the wisdom tooth to erupt.

Is There A Need To Remove Wisdom Teeth?

It is not necessary to remove wisdom teeth as long as they are not causing any problem. They would have to be extracted if they are impacted or causing crowding. Your mouth might not provide space for it to erupt as a result it will erupt at the wrong angle which can damage the adjacent tooth, hence needs to be removed in that condition.

Your dentist may advise you to remove your third molar at an early stage, this is because as you age the bones in your mouth becomes harder which will then make it very difficult to remove.

Symptoms To Get Wisdom Teeth Removed

  • Pain behind molars
  • Redness, swelling, or tenderness which can lead to infection
  • Foul breath, bad taste can also be detected due to wisdom teeth presence.
  • Jaw pain and stiffness

Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?

In Such Cases, It Has To Be Removed

  • Crowding:if adjacent teeth are getting harmed, because of the misalignment wisdom teeth which makes it erupts in the wrong angle which will harm other teeth.
  • Jaw Damage: can damage your nerves making the jaw hollow.
  • Sinus Issue: Wisdom teeth can be a reason for sinus pain & congestion.
  • Gum Problem: It will be difficult to clean the area which results in swelling of the gum or superficial tissue.
  • Gaps in Gums: The pocket is created due to swollen gums thus helping in the process of decay to proceed.

Procedure For Wisdom Tooth Extraction

It is easy to extract wisdom tooth if it has fully erupted. But if the tooth is impacted then it will require an incision in the gums and the tooth is extracted in parts to preserve the amount of bone present around the tooth.

Post Wisdom Tooth Removal
  • Avoid vigorous rinsing and touching the treated area
  • A certain amount of bleeding is expected for few hours, however, if the bleeding exceeds then visit your dentist immediately
  • Swelling around mouth and cheeks is common for a couple of days, due to inflammation
  • Be on a liquid to semi-solid diet for the first few days.
  • Avoid the use of straw, as it creates negative pressure inside mouth.
  • Do brush twice a day, very gently on the treated area and make sure you are gentle on rinsing

Price Of Tooth Extraction

The cost of a tooth extraction depends on the position, degree of its impaction.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.1. Do Wisdom Teeth Need To Be Removed?

It depends on how they have erupted and grown. In many instances, it is seen that the mouth does not have enough space, thus causing crowding impacted wisdom tooth. In such cases, the wisdom teeth has to be removed. If they have grown without any hassle, then there is no need for removal.

Q.2. Do They Put You On Anaesthesia For The Procedure?

Dentists usually prefer to numb the area before wisdom tooth extraction.

Q.3. How Long Does The Pain Last After The Removal Of Wisdom Teeth?

The wisdom tooth pain may be there for at most a couple of days. In these days, you will need to take all the necessary precautions and medications as directed by your dentist.